With the recent turn in temperature confirming that winter is well-and-truly here, Australian workers are set to start dropping like flies. Thursday 13th June will be the nation’s biggest sick day according to data from Deliveroo for Business.

Aussies take 90 million sick days every year costing the economy $34.1 billion annually*, however, this week businesses are being warned to brace themselves for a bumpy ride. More employees than ever will be attempting to fight off an illness, although it is believed a number of workers might be feigning illness for a day in bed and binge-watching the latest medieval craze.

Thursday has been pinpointed following analysis of previous years orders which have been overlaid with temperature trends. The food delivery service is dubbing it “chuck-a-sickie day”  as it will be one of the biggest order days for home delivery, outside of the festive and New Year period. In the lead up to “chuck-a-sickie season,” Deliveroo for Business has unveiled some fascinating insights.

• Thursdays are the most common day of the week to stay home – not all employees appear to be making it over the middle week hump in full spirit
• The best time to call in sick (if you want to be convincing) is Tuesday morning at precisely 7.38am
• Employees in the Gold Coast appear to skip work most frequently

Everyone’s guilty of needing a duvet day at some point in their life and Deliveroo has pulled stories from tidbits around the office to bring you the wildest excuses Aussies have used:

• “My family goat has gone missing”
• “My tattoo is hurting”
• “My jacuzzi has burnt down”
• “I can’t find my car keys”
• “I think I’m allergic to almonds and someone in the office keeps eating almonds”

Joe Satari at Deliveroo said: “Having never owned a pet goat it is hard to understand the level of trauma losing this family member can evoke. However Deliveroo for Business is entirely empathetic towards the Australian employers that will be enduring one of the toughest weeks of the year due to sickness. Utilising Deliveroo For Business may be the answer as the ultimate office perk that can be especially effective during winter in preventing a team member needing to pull a sickie.”

Source: Deliveroo