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You Make The Call: What Month Do You Believe Most Employees Call In Sick?

A new O.C. Tanner poll finds that workers who are faking an illness are more likely to call in sick during the month of January. The reasons for calling in sick are "needing rest" or "wanting to spend more time with their families".

Valerie Bolden-Barrett "Survey:33% of workers say they've played hooky" hrdive.com (Jan. 17, 2019).

So, the question for our readers is: do you notice there is a month in which more employees call in sick than in other months?

Please let us know what you think in the comment section or take the poll. Here are some opinions of some of the McCalmon editorial staff:

Jack McCalmon, Esq.

I really don't track when our employees call in sick because we have paid time off…so the reason is inconsequential to me. However, if I had to guess in which month most employees around the country call in sick, I would guess during the spring or the holidays. In the spring, people want to be outdoors after being inside all winter, and during the holidays, it is a busy time and the flu season is going strong.

Leslie Zieren, Esq.

Most likely, January surveyed as the highest month because of the flu or other illnesses involving the employee and family members. This is good to know for planning purposes and staffing. You don't want to discourage people with the flu from staying home.

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