Businesses fear a mass sick day this Friday after the Australia Day Holiday
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With Australia Day falling on a Thursday this year, the NSW Business Chamber has warned that this should not be an excuse for having a hangover at work or “chucking a sickie” on Friday.
While hangovers cost businesses $5.6 billion a year, many of us still can’t resist overindulging during the Australia Day festivities.
NSW Business Chamber Executive Office, Stephen Cartwright, urged revellers not to get carried away when they still had to put in a full day’s work before the weekend.
“While Thursday will be a day off for many Australians to celebrate their national holiday, Friday is a normal working day, and employees will be expected to show up to the workplace ‘bright eyed and bushy tailed’”.
Mr Cartwright said employees who planned to take a ‘sickie’ on Friday should be warned that they will be fooling no one.
“Anybody who takes a ‘sickie’ on the Friday after Australia Day is not going to go unnoticed by their employer or their colleagues and it is likely to damage their professional reputation”.
Employees who are planning an extra-long weekend have been urged to use their annual leave or talk to their employers to come up with alternative arrangements.
“The impact of staff taking a ‘mass sick day’ on a business is significant in financial costs and lost productivity.”
Read the full article on the NSW Business Chamber website here: http://www.nswbusinesschamber.com.au/News-Media/Latest-News/Employees-reminded--this-Friday-still-a-work-day.aspx
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