Names of those most likely to call in sick after the Christmas party

There’s always that one colleague who has a little bit too much fun at the Christmas party.

With a recent survey of 1,000 UK workers revealing that a staggering 60% admit the main reason they call in sick is that they were too hungover to work, employers want staff to have fun at the Christmas party, they just don’t want to be left with a headache the next morning!

So, can you predict who will call in sick the day after the Christmas do?

BrightHR has analysed their absence management data and drawn up a list of the top 10 people who are most likely to call in sick the day after the works Christmas do. They are:


  • Sarah
  • Emma
  • Rebecca
  • Chloe
  • Laura
  • Daniel
  • James
  • David
  • Paul
  • Michael


Alan Price is CEO at BrightHR. He says “With the Christmas party season well underway, it comes as no surprise that some employees will call in sick the following day.

“It’s important to remember that if an employee fails to attend work the day after, regardless of how bad their hangover is, their employer is entitled to treat the unauthorised absence as a potential disciplinary matter. But hopefully, that employee will inform their employers rather than simply not turning up.

“Whilst an employer might suspect that an employee has a hangover, it is important to investigate the absence. Often it is a good idea that employers communicate with their employees prior to the Christmas party explaining their expectations.

“Encourage employees to plan ahead and book the next day off as annual leave if they plan on partying hard rather than simply calling in sick…..and if you have an office full of Sarah’s and Daniel’s, keep an eye out!”

*The above has come from analysing the 42,867 UK companies who use BrightHR software, with a combined total of 615,337 employees.