The following piece of news grabbed from The Local yesterday has me puzzled.
Smokers take 8 days more sick leave per year
Smokers take on average nearly eight days more sick leave per year than non-smoking colleagues, according to a Swedish study published on Thursday in the British health journal Tobacco Control.
The study looked at data on absence for sickness among more than 14,000 workers between 1988 and 1991. Across the sample, the average total of days taken as sick leave was 25.
My first reaction to the news that smokers took more sick days than non-smokers did was, “Well, DUH.”
But then I took a second look at the dates and starting wondering why it took 16 YEARS from the time the initial data was collected to reach this conclusion?
But the real kicker was this part: Across the sample, the average total of days taken as sick leave was 25.
WTF?!!! Is that a typo?! Because if 25 days is the AVERAGE…that means that a bunch of folks are taking a hell of a lot more than that to counter-act the numbers I’ve been putting up. I honestly doubt that I’ve taken 25 sick days in the last 10 years.
Then again, I only take sick days when I’m actually sick…which I strongly suspect puts me in the minority based on the figures in this story.