Taking time off work for mental health care is still a stigmatized practice, which might explain why half of employees use their PTO for mental health days but say they don’t report the reason to their boss.
More than half of employees (54%) with paid time off have used sick time to take a mental health day in the past year.
And as 1 in 5 employees with paid time off has misled their manager about the reason they needed time off, a quarter of those who admit to it did so to sleep, and 50% did so because they needed a mental health day.
It’s possible that the employees who misled their bosses just don’t know where their employer stands on using PTO for mental health days. Most people who haven’t used sick time for mental health in the past year say they aren’t familiar with their company’s policy on that type of PTO.
When it comes to physical ailments, 84% of respondents with PTO say they still go in sick, and 13% say they go in sick for more than a week each year. Suggesting the trend could be related to company culture, 33% say their employer creates a culture of going to work while sick.