A British survey finds 6 February is the most popular day in the year for employees to call in sick to work.

A  survey of 4,000 people conducted for the Sky Travel channel shows 6 February is the most popular date of the year for taking a sick day off work. This trend known as taking a ‘sickie’ could be down to post Christmas blues or the long wait until the next public holiday.

In Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre one man agrees with the survey’s findings,

There's two other people in our team today have called in sick, well whether it’s genuine or not it's another story.

Another man empathises with those ringing in sick,

It’s Monday morning and nobody wants to get up after their weekend.

Occupational psychologist John Deely believes absenteeism can signify deeper issues in the workplace such as stress, management style, dealing with change and overwork. But,

You will get certain sections where people feel like that their sick days are part of their holiday entitlement, its the minority really.

While most people phone in sick, the survey shows one in 10 people are resorting to texting their boss to say they will not be at work. For Patricia Callan of the Small Firms Association this behaviour is inadmissible. Businesses need to have clear procedures for how employees absent themselves due to sickness. She favours a system that rewards employees with a perfect attendance record,

Attendance bonuses have been quite effective.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 February 2006. The reporter is Áine Gallagher.