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77 per cent of Irish bosses are expecting Olympics ‘sickies’
… while 69 per cent are planning to let workers follow the games during office hours.

PLANNING ON PULLING  a fast one – sickie-wise – so that you can get your gymnastics fix, or get engrossed in the canoe slalom at London 2012?

Well, your boss might just be on to you.

A new survey of 1077 Irish employers has revealed that 77 per cent of them believe there will be an increase in workplace sickies during the Olympics.

The research was carried out by employment law consultancy firm Peninsula Ireland, and its managing director Alan Price is warning employees not to call in sick because it’s “business as usual during the Olympics”:

The Games might not be good news for bosses because of the increased number of fraudulent sick days.

The survey also revealed that 69 per cent of Irish employers will allow their workers to follow the Olympics during work, while 72 per cent of bosses have had requests from workers to use up some of their annual leave to follow the games.

Peninsula Ireland is urging bosses to allow workers access to TV or radio coverage and to introduce flexibility and incentives in a way which makes it fair for all employees, including those who are not interested in sport.

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