11 reasons why pulling a sickie is rarely a good idea (sorry)
We've all been there; it's dark, rainy, cold and miserable and all you want to do is stay curled up under your duvet. Don't hate us, but here's why you're better off heading into the office...
The first Monday of February is the day you’re most likely to pull a sickie, and hey, we don’t blame you, it’s miserable out there. But, with an average of 350,000 people staying curled up under their duvets instead of working in the office, and £30million lost in business opportunities, should we just man-up and get back to work?
Here’s 11 reasons why pulling that sickie may not be such a grand idea after all…
1. Guilt– You’re trying to concentrate on the next episode ofBreaking Badbut all you can think about is how guilty you feel. Does pulling a sickie mean you’re not dedicated to your job? Will it leave you with bad karma? Is the office transcending into absolute chaos without you? You’ll find these questions flying round your brainallday as you try and relax. Not ideal.
2. Loneliness– You don’t tend to notice just how much office chatter and constant human communication effects you every single day. It’s an instant pick me up. Lying alone at home often makes people feel depressed and lonely. Team that with the drab weather and the overwhelming feelings of guilt and you’re lining yourself up for a pretty darn miserable day…
3. Falling behind– Everything at work you had planned to get through today? You’ll still have to do it tomorrow. Trying to play catch-up the next day often means trying to get through double the workload in half the time – we can’t think of anything worse. Any relaxation you might be able to sneak in during your skiving-off day will just be undone with the stressful workload tomorrow.
4. Anxiety– Picture it now, every time your boss asks for a ‘quick chat’ your stomach will plummet to your feet – gulp. In reality, they’ll probably just want to go over figures or weekly plans with you (phew), but there’ll still be that constant panic that you’ll have been found out as a skiver.
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