Why to employees fake illness ? The most popular reason, if you are a man, is to spend the day playing video games. Some 14% of men admit they have no qualms about calling in sick to play new video games on the day they are released. In fact, an authoritative survey of 2000 employees reveals less than half of sick days are genuine. Apart from playing video games, the top reasons for men throwing a sickie are visiting family and friends (13%), doing DIY (10%) and sleeping (7%). For women the top motivation is different, with shopping in number one place. Half the women who feigned illness said they shopped in a different town to avoid being recognised by work colleagues, and a third said they shopped online on their day off to avoid detection. Sneaky.