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Chucking A Sickie
What is Chucking a Sickie ?
Do you chuck a sickie now and again when you just cannot face the boss at work or you have been refused a day off for something not that important to them but it is too you like a wedding /funeral or maybe a child has a part in a school play that means the world to him having you seated in the audience watching him ??
What is "chucking a sickie "you might ask if you are not from Australia ?
Chucking a sickie is simply calling work on the phone to say you are sick & cannot work when in fact your health has never been better ! You just prefer to be anywhere but at your place of work /
Or you have a hangover from a party the night before and feel a little bit worse for wear and unable to face the bright lights of work.
Some prefer to spend the day fishing - playing golf or just spending the day with a close friend.
It is dishonest and costs Australia a lot of money with the average cost of absence at $354 per person per day.
This equates to $26.6 billion in lost productivity for the Australian economy each year, according to the report.
If you really don't feel like working you should check to see if your company has personal days off for good reasons .
What reasons do people give for chucking a sickie and do they always get away with it ?
Bullying at work or school
Sadly many people feel the need to chuck a sickie due to workplace bullying or sexual harassment by work colleagues or even worse - their boss. As they feel they will lose their job if they were to complain they put up with it.
Workplace bullying can take many forms from hurtful name calling, Giving you too much work ... right through to physical abuse and can cause a person a lot of heartache as well as make it hard to do their job properly .
This needs to be reported -If not at work then it needs to be taken elsewhere so it is stopped
- Workplace bullying: Violence, Harassment and Bullying Fact sheet | Australian Human Rights Commissio
If you are being bullied at work and need support, you can read this factsheet and go to the Get Help section. If you know or see someone being bullied you can go to the Supportive Bystander FactSheet to find out how to help them.
Sickie Excuses !
An apprentice at a place I worked at years ago had a girlfriend( young and blonde ) who worked as a receptionist at a medical practice, and he got her to pinch a pad of blank doctor's certificates, which he used whenever he had a sickie. As it turns out, he used to get his girlfriend to fill out the certificates, using fancy medical terms to make his sickies look authentic. Nobody suspected anything while the certificates had illnesses such as "URTI" on them, but he eventually came unstuck when he presented a certificate that said he was sick the previous day because of a hysterectomy. And so his scam (and apprenticeship came to a fast end )
What not to do
If you really want to convince the boss that you are sick it will not help you calling the boss from
The beach with the waves lapping at your feet , seagulls squarking & the music from Mr Whippy in the background
A funfair with the guys calling out to come and play a game
Or advertising on facebook that you are chucking a sickie and posting photo's of you at a party or at a football game .
Using the work vehicle to play golf when the boss has been told your in bed with a bad case of the runs doesn't go down to well either .
A bar with loud music playing in the background
Attending an event that is being filmed for local tv where you are very likely to be seen .
"I tripped over my dog and was knocked unconscious",
"I couldn't find my shoes", "
I hurt myself bowling",
"I was spit on by a venomous snake",
"A hit man was looking for me",
"I eloped", "
I had to be there for my husband's grand jury trial",
"I'm too fat to get into my work outfit",
"God didn't wake me", and
"I forgot I was getting married today
"My Grandmother died " After using this excuse a few times it stopped working.. for some reason !