09/02/2011 01:07 EDT | Updated 11/02/2011 05:12 EDT

Skipping Work A Habit For 52 Per Cent Of Canadians: Study


TORONTO - A global survey suggests Canadians are no slouches at being slouches.

An international poll conducted by Massachusetts-based Kronos Incorporated found that of all the respondents, workers in China were the most likely to play hooky from work.

Seventy-one per cent of Chinese employees surveyed admitted to calling in sick when they weren’t actually feeling ill.

Canadian respondents were in the middle of the pack at 52 per cent, while just 16 per cent of those surveyed in France confessed to skipping out of their jobs from time to time.

Seventy-one per cent of those Canadians who admitted to played hooky said they did so because they felt stressed or needed a day off.

Other reasons cited included needing to take care of a sick child, having too heavy a workload, and not having enough paid leave.

Across all regions surveyed, the top two activities cited for an impromptu day off were staying home and watching TV or staying in bed.

The Kronos Global Absence survey was conducted in Canada between July 18 and 25 among 1,006 adults, with 538 currently employed either full-time or part-time.