According to a new study, women are more successful at pulling off fake sick days than men are, as most women actually stay home when they are pretending to have an illness, making them less likely to get caught.
Men, on the other hand, are not as good at it because they still go on social media sites and often do things outside of the home.
The study explains that men are twice as likely to be caught.
But when real illness strikes, women are more likely to tough it out and go to work anyways, while men are more likely to stay home.
The number one reason for a fake sick day is a hangover. Men make up 44 percent of those who call in sick from a hangover and women make up about 34 percent.
While most people had a lot of sick days to spare in the past, the recession has caused many companies to cut back on the number of sick days they grant to employees. Financial struggles also cause many employees to go to work even when they are sick.
A report by The Fiscal Times said that companies are often shorthanded due to recession cuts, and are “far less sympathetic to employees who need a sick day.” Many offer only a couple of sick days or none at all.
But John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc, a labor consulting firm, said employees should take the day off when they’re sick in order to prevent a flu outbreak in the office.
“Having an effective leave policy is critical in preventing an office-wide outbreak of the flu,” he said. “While sick employees may think they are doing the right thing by ‘toughing it out’ and coming into work when ill, the fact is they are only making matters worse.”