A Third of Holidaymakers Pull a Sickie to go on Holiday

A third (33 per cent) of holidaymakers have admitted to calling in sick to employers because they have been unable to book off their preferred holiday

The survey from Kiwi.com went onto show that holiday clashes are the number one cause of office fall outs in 2018, with nearly 39 per cent unable to book off the time they wanted in 2017.

Furthermore, of the holidaymakers who admit to calling in sick after being refused annual leave, the other top reasons included going to a festival (26 per cent), a wedding (16 per cent) or a stag or hen do abroad (12 per cent).

Over a quarter (28 per cent) of people surveyed admit to calling in sick due to staying up to watch a global event on TV including The Super Bowl or the Academy Award’s ceremony, all of which are set to take place in the coming weeks.

Colleagues clashing over time off topped the list of office disputes (62 per cent), beating off grievances such as stealing food from the fridge (18 per cent) and responsibility for making tea or coffee (13 per cent).

The research states that nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of employees have already used up their entire annual leave allowance, with bottleneck booking said to be causing issues for other workers who are trying to plan their getaways for later in the coming year.

Respondents have also divulged that Bank Holiday hacks are the most common dates causing dispute (48 per cent), followed by festival weekends (22 per cent). Employees have been left reeling, as almost one in ten (9 per cent) felt their boss prioritised his or hers own annual leave over theirs.

 Top Annoyances in the Workplace

  1. Clashes over booking annual leave – 62 per cent
  2. Stealing food from the fridge – 18 per cent
  3. Who’s making the tea / coffee – 13 per cent
  4. Colleagues taking long lunch breaks – 4 per cent
  5. Heating up fish in the microwave – 3 per cent

Top Five Reasons to Call in Sick in Order to go on Holiday

  1. A big sporting event – 29 per cent
  2. A festival – 26 per cent
  3. A wedding – 16 per cent
  4. Extending a current holiday – 17 per cent
  5. A stag/hen do – 12 per cent