Much furore and hoo hah about the story in the paper last week saying that the UK is number one in Europe for people taking a sickie.
Now, you'll know I'm not one for taking newspaper headlines at face value. So I didn't. There's just too many factors at play with something like this for me to start hopping up and down with "rage" at perceived expense to the economy or the taxpayer. Over at CIO, this brilliant opinion piece says pretty much what I was thinking.
The easy way to read these news stories is of course to scoff at the lazy workers taking time off. But how much is down to the employer? This report from the Press Association states that a lot of people work when they are sick, and - shockingly - only "16% of bosses said their company had invested money in the health and wellbeing of the whole workforce".
I think it's probably fair to say we've all taken a duvet day in the past - as long as it doesn't turn into a duvet week or as in the case of a colleague of mine in a previous job - a duvet six months. As Martin veitch states in the CIO article: "Sick days don't 'cost' us anything like £2.5bn because presenteeism only delivers staff who are unmotivated, cynical and generally unlikely to provide a day's useful graft."
Until such times as office othodoxy becomes enlightened in terms of time off, maybe we should take things into our own hands and ensure that we, the workers eat and live healthy in and outside of the office, and think about health insurance, diet and - of course - the best holidays we can afford. We deserve it.