How can you beat ‘National Sickie Day’?

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According to the Timeware report on Absenteeism, in 2015 organisations in the UK suffered enormous costs as a result of employee absenteeism.

The first Monday in February notoriously sees the highest percentage of people calling in sick, which is why it has gained the name of the annual ‘National Sickie Day’.

With credit card payments due from the Christmas period, financial worries beginning to build up, the winter flu and winter blues taking their toll, people are beginning to feel run down.


A survey found that 375,000 people are expected to participate in ‘National Sickie Day’ (2011).

Daybreak found that in 2014 out of 1000 people, 46% claimed being tired was their reason for calling in sick, making it the most popular reason of absence. 7% was due to a hangover, with the last weekend being the last of dry January, people well may have broken this resolution over the weekend period.

However ‘blue’ this season may seem, we know there’s a lot to look forward to at this time of the year. The evenings are gradually getting lighter, meaning spring is just around the corner. Many of us have stuck to our New Year’s resolutions. It takes 30 days to make something a habit, so entering February; your resolution will have become a habit! Meaning you are on path for a great 2016.

Find yourself feeling under the weather during this flu season? Boost your immune system by:

  • Exercising often


  • Eating fruits and vegetables


  • Getting a good night’s sleep


  • Avoiding smoking