SINGAPORE - One in five Singapore employees are inclined to feign illness so that they can skip work, a survey has found.
Of these people. most pretended to be sick because they did not feel like working on that particular day.
The survey conducted by JobsCentral also found that headaches and giddiness were the most common ailments cited for sick leave.
The most popular month for calling in sick is December.
More details are available in the press release below:
Nearly one in five Singapore workers (18.3 per cent) admitted to feigning sickness to get medical leave. Of these, about half (49.1 per cent) revealed they would play 'hooky' from work three or more times a year.
On the other hand, out of the 77.7 per cent of employers who would perform checks when their staff is absent due to illnesses, most of them (82.7 per cent) rely on medical certificates to verify sickness claims. Only 12.3 per cent said they would call the employee to check, while 5 per cent would go to the extent of asking a co-worker to check on the employee.
In addition, most workers (42 per cent) who faked illnesses to avoid work did so because they just didn't feel like working. A further 30.7 per cent cited plans outside work, while 7.6 and 7.3 per cent did so because they overslept and felt burnt out in their jobs respectively.
Most common reasons for healthy workers taking sick leave
These are the latest findings from an online survey conducted by JobsCentral from August to October this year. A total of 3,299 employees and 256 hiring managers took part in this survey.
"The survey results show that there is mutual responsibility and trust between employers and employees. A large majority of employees are honest when it comes to taking sick leave and few employers are so mistrusting of their employees to resort to invasion checks," says Michelle Lim, Chief Operating Officer of JobsCentral Group.
"As for the healthy 20 per cent who used illnesses to dodge work, they risk jeopardising their jobs and careers. On the other hand, an overly suspicious employer or manager that constantly checks on employees is also detrimental to work relationships; few employees would tolerate working for managers that do not trust them," she adds.