Monster poll: Most say they never call in sick to avoid work

With many companies merging sick and vacation time, is it a sign that workers increasingly afraid to use their given PTO days?

by bret.silverberg, published 06/04/2014
Monster poll: Most say they never call in sick to avoid work

One could say never calling in sick to work when you’re not sick is honest, but the fact that it's rarely done could point to a different work-based trend entirely.

A majority of respondents to a recent U.S. poll on Monster.com said they never call in sick for the purposes of avoiding work.

Here’s the raw data from the poll, which ran on Monster’s homepage from May 19 to June 2:

In your current or most recent job, on average how many times a year have you called in sick to avoid being at work?

None – 1,538 (62.87%)
One to two – 541 (21.76%)
Three to four – 165 (6.64%)
Five to six – 64 (2.57%)
Seven or more – 178 (7.16%)

Total respondents: 2,486

With many companies merging sick and vacation time into a paid time off (PTO) policy, is it a sign that workers increasingly afraid to use their given days? After all, it’s been shown that workers in the United States are leaving literally millions of collective off days on the table.

Also worth noting: 7.16 percent of the respondents to the survey, the third highest percentage of respondents, said they’re calling in sick more than seven times per year to avoid work. Are these people subject to a limiting vacation policy, or are they just ready for a job change?

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