By Max Clarke
One in three UK workers admits to abusing sick days at work at a cost to the UK economy of some £32bn, a survey by PwC has revealed.
Hangovers and even good weather were cited as key reasons for absenteeism, for which 40% of skivers reportedly plan for in advance by faking symptoms and even appearing to work with elaborate props to support their fabricated sickness.
"Absenteeism costs British business around £32bn a year, but our findings suggest a large chunk of this loss is preventable," Neil Roden, a partner at PwC told the BBC.
The statistics have renewed calls for extending flexible working to UK workplaces.
Depression and perceptions of being undervalued or stressed at work are also driving factors behind this increase.
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