And 2% plan to pull a sickie…
After a year of lockdowns and restrictions, sometimes all we want to do is escape to a different world. Now, more people have traded their office desk for their kitchen table, and it can seem that there’s no end in sight.
Video games have always offered a fun alternative to the real world, and we saw a rapid increase in software sales as the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the globe. With the launch of next-generation hardware from both Microsoft and Sony, gamers everywhere are scrambling to snag those last-minute pre-orders as new consoles fly out of stock in seconds.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 is launching on November 12th in the US and November 19th elsewhere and fans have quickly ordered more PS5s in 12 hours than the PS4 sold in its 12 weeks on sale.
But what fun is getting your new console if you’re too busy to play it?
New data reveals that up to 66% of avid PlayStation users have booked the launch day off work, and some have even booked weeks or months off to play.
No day off
31% are opting to sit it out and play after work, and just over 2% are planning on taking a sick day to spend time with their new toy.
Mo Alexander, Head of Recruitment at Executives, said: “We were really surprised to see these numbers when we first gathered the data, but when you add how this year has gone, you get to see the context behind it.
“This year, more than any other, people have accrued holiday days or overtime but have nothing to use it on. Global restrictions on travel have seriously cut down on people taking time off for holidays, so it’s all adding up needing to be used.
“What is surprising is that 2% of PlayStation fans are planning on calling in sick to work so that they can play all day. It’s a dangerous tactic as getting caught ‘pulling a sicky’ almost always results in disciplinary action.
“The new PlayStation console launch only comes around every seven years or so, so I can understand why fans are excited, but I could never recommend faking a sick day for it, or any other reason!”
A single sick day can cost employers an average of £121.00. The most recent ONS data suggests that people take an average of 4.1 sick days per year, so that works out costing the employer £496.10 per employee, per year. You could buy a PS5 with that!
Respondents to a Reddit thread on the topic shared their intentions going into the final week before the console launch.
Some comments include:
u/celebez - “I am taking holiday 19-30 November and will be playing PS5 12 hours+ each day.”
u/Sinotyrannus - “I've not got any holiday left to take so looks like I’m pulling a sicky!
u/x_scion_x - “I'll wait till I get off work. I work from home anyway at this point so using PTO (even though I'm up to 90hrs now) would pretty much be a waste.”
u/Game_Over88 - "Day off? Amateurs. I took December as my vacation month just for PS5."
u/AnheruKira - "I am taking a week and a half... I had so much holiday I couldn't use due to covid that I have nothing better to spend them on."
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