This week, managers around the country are hearing the same excuse; “Sorry, I can’t get into the office due to the snow”. While many of these cases will be perfectly truthful, a survey conducted over the weekend by office provider Desk.co.uk has revealed that 27% of employees plan to lie about the snowy conditions to get a day off work this week.

The survey, which incorporated responses from 2,088 participating UK professionals, asked a rather simple question: would the participants consider telling a few aptly-named “white lies” in order to avoid work in the aftermath of the rare snowfall we experienced over the weekend. 27% of those asked admitted that they would indeed lie in order to get extra time off work at their employer’s expense.

One individual, identified only as Margaret from Solihull, explained her reasoning for telling the odd lie or two, “It’ll all be slush tomorrow, so I want to make the most of it,” she admitted. “Travelling is a pain in the snow, so yes i have told a porky in the past and had the day off”.

Their motivations, however, are not always as simple as wanting a ‘lazy day’. For those with children in particular, the closure of schools and other facilities following substantial snowfall can create issues with coming into the office, as stated by a participating Birmingham resident identified as Michelle.

“The decision to close all the schools in a city like Birmingham is madness,” she insists. “They close too quickly - what am I meant to do now? Looks like another day without pay for me.”

Julie Hibbert from Desk.co.uk offered her own insights into the survey’s findings:

“When travelling conditions are bad it’s a real pain to get into work - this survey seems to suggest some are keen to exploit that - like a snow sick day. Some people will attempt to work from home, but some simply won’t turn in at all.

“The challenge is for employers to decide what is right and wrong - yes, they want their staff in work, but to get there safely. In the new world of working from home, many are seeing this as the best option, but we all know what it’s like trying to work from home”.

Working from home can indeed come with a few hurdles, most notably in terms of communication and collaboration, but when conditions are bad this may indeed be the most feasible option providing you have properly equipped your workforce for such occurrences. For advice on how to properly manage those employees who work remotely, take a look at our previous article on the subject.


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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