Are you one of the 613,000 employees who were absent from work in October-December last year due to sickness?
Do you curl up into your Goose down duvet and stay off work to sleep off the illness?
According to research by the Office for National Statistics, two million working days were lost during this three month period in 2010 with people not turning into to work.
The analysis looked at the difference between men and women in aspect of sickness absence data as well as variations in age groups, public and private sectors, occupations and religions.
Findings showed that sickness absence had dropped in the recession but then rose again.
Since the beginning of 2000 it was 3.4%, the figure fell to a record low point of 2.1% before rising back to 2.5%.
Over the last decade, sickness absence was consistently higher for women than for men; as in the final quarter of 2010, 2.1% of male employees (264,000) were absent from work, compared with 2.9% (349,000) of female employees.
The top reason for men skiving, other than minor illnesses such as a cough or cold, were musculoskeletal problems whereas, the main excuse for women was stress, depression and anxiety.
Although the general sickness trend has fallen over the last ten years, it still remains higher in the public sector than in the private. In the final quarter of 2010, 3.1 per cent of public sector employees were absent from work, compared with only 2.3 per cent of private sector employees; the widest gap between the sectors for two years.
So next time you call in poorly, snuggle up into a cosy Goose duvet and sleep off that nasty cold!