If your office is a bit of a ghost town today and you’re wondering where everyone is, you’re not the only one.
That’s because today is one of the biggest days of the year for pulling sickies – and it’s not hard to work out why.
Millions of workers are dealing with the agony of going back to their job after the Christmas break.
So if you did manage the Herculean effort of dragging yourself out of bed this morning, good for you.
As many as one in ten workers have called in sick today while a forward-thinking 10% have booked this entire week off, according to new research.
And more than half of Brits (57%) are completely overwhelmed by the prospect of an entire new year of work commitments, household chores and life admin.
The depressing study of 2,000 adults found that 30% are waiting for a lucky break to make their life easier.
One in five are apprehensive about their cashflow in 2018, while one in ten said the idea of working for a whole year makes them anxious.
Ali Burford, from Currys PC World that commissioned the study, said: ‘It’s understandable that so many adults are feeling apprehensive about 2018 – managing work, running a home and divvying out the chores is not easy.
‘Heading back in to work today, as most of us are, is like starting from scratch and the mere thought of all the jobs we have to tackle in the New Year is daunting.’
The study also found that this year, British adults will make an average of 197 trips to the supermarket, do 239 loads of washing, cook 296 evening meals to cook and barrel through 150 piles of ironing.
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