Employers brace for Australia Day sickies

CLIENT: WORKFAST
OUTLET: NEWS.COM.AU

EMPLOYERS are bracing for a financial hit of more than $50 million this Friday with nearly 380,000 workers expected to chuck post-Australia Day sickies. With Australia Day falling on a Thursday this year, many will find it hard to resist the temptation of a four-day public holiday long weekend. Tim Nieuwenhuis, CEO of on-demand labour-hire app Workfast, said one way employers could cut down on sickies was to say to staff early in the week: “I’m looking forward to seeing you on the 27th.”

EMPLOYERS are bracing for a financial hit of more than $50 million this Friday with nearly 380,000 workers expected to chuck post-Australia Day sickies.

With Australia Day falling on a Thursday this year, many will find it hard to resist the temptation of a four-day public holiday long weekend.

Tim Nieuwenhuis, CEO of on-demand labour-hire app Workfast, said one way employers could cut down on sickies was to say to staff early in the week: “I’m looking forward to seeing you on the 27th.”