While it is predicted that more than 171,000 employees will falsely call in sick to work today, it may be the sign of a much larger problem.
Direct Health Solutions absenteeism expert Paul Dundon told the Herald Sun today (January 27) that the rate of those taking a "sickie" was expected to rise from 3.5 per cent to 5 per cent.
"It's a massive impact on businesses," he told the News Limited source.
However the desire to maximise on a four-day weekend may also come as a result of depression in the workplace.
A new study has found that white-collar workers spending 11 hours or more in the office each day increased their risk of depression by double.
British researchers from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and University College London found that those working long days were 2.3 to 2.5 times more likely to have a major depressive episode.
"Although occasionally working overtime may have benefits for the individual and society, it is important to recognise that working excessive hours is also associated with an increased risk of major depression," study author Marianna Virtanen said yesterday (January 26).
Employers may wish to highlight the importance of employee health by offering a corporate health insurance policy.
Reducing stress in the workplace can often lead to healthier and more productive employees while reducing the risk of absenteeism.