A new survey finds that a whopping 71 percent of Chinese workers admit to calling in sick when they weren’t.
On the other hand, only 16 percent of French workers say they have taken a fake sick day.
The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive for Kronos Incorporated, found that about half of all Americans have taken a fake sick day. That’s about on par with countries including Canada and Australia.
Not surprisingly, most people said they called in sick because they felt stressed or needed a day off.
In the United States, about one-third of those who had taken a sick day when they weren’t sick said they had done so because they needed to take care of a child.
Many said they wouldn’t have taken a fake sick day if they could work more flexible hours or work from home.
Nearly half of all Chinese workers, and about one-third of U.S. workers, also said it would make a difference if they had more paid time off.