NO SICKIE: Two Professors shift manager Baz Tinnie is preparing for a busy public holiday trade.
NO SICKIE: Two Professors shift manager Baz Tinnie is preparing for a busy public holiday trade. Emma Clarke

180,000 Aussies to chuck a sickie

IF YOU would rather stay at home, go to the beach or be anywhere but at work, you might be one of the almost 200,000 Australians expected to "chuck a sickie" on Monday.

A recent survey found at least 16% of Aussies took the day before or after Australia day off work at least once, making the most of an extra-long weekend.

Conducted by app provider Clipp, the survey found 180,000 workers Australia-wide were expected to start their Australia Day celebrations early on Monday with an impromptu sick day.

Shift manager of Rockhampton coffee shop The Two Professors, Baz Tinnie, said the business made the effort to open on most public holidays, with increased trade a strong incentive.

"I feel like the typical Aussies will take the day off but some companies might stay open on Australian Day seeing as most people will be off that day," Mr Tinnie said. "Yeppoon for example would have a fair amount of business staying open."

He said small businesses and casual work based employers were less likely to be affected by the "chuck a sickie" mentality. "A lot of people are up in arms that some shops are open on Australia Day, they say it's un-Australian," he said.

"Typical Aussies would happily take the day off work and have a sickie and not worry about it.

"I feel like calling in sick might have an impact if there are a lot of casuals.

"Other people might be keen to work, there are a few casuals hanging around keen to take on some work."


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