I don't see how this concept could truly work apart from helping improve transparency between employees and employers. The attached article is about UK ticketing and music-discovery app Dice, who allow their workers to take sick leave for hangovers with the caveat that the employee has to have been out at a gig or on work-related business. I can see why this would work for them in an industry which forces them to be active in this kind of environment.
However, I don't see how this would ever work in other businesses. Realistically, most employees would simply take the piss. I can't imagine a busy sales floor thinking twice about a boozy all-nighter with the promise of a 'hangover day' at the end of it - at least no sales floor that I've ever known anyway. The only way it could remotely work would be to put a cap on it, so a worker would be able to register up to 3 hangover days a year, for example. Personally, as someone who doesn't drink much (I'm a fabulous lightweight, only so much as a sniff of wine and I'm tipsy) I'd find this rule unfair. I don't get hangovers because I can't drink enough to get one, so why is it okay for people who drink excessively to get more time off? Surely that should be converted into free time off for non-drinkers/non-pisstakers? What about Mental Health days? I'd much rather see those de-stigmatised before we start allowing people time off to nurse sore heads and search for their dignity on sticky club floors.
Introducing this kind of measure does indeed improve transparency - no more questionable 'stomach bugs' on Monday mornings - but it certainly does nothing to help the UK's well known drinking problem (God, I sound like such a killjoy). For starters, it doesn't help the enormous threat that alcohol-related problems pose to our healthcare system. As it stands, alcohol-related issues are costing the NHS about £3.5bn a year, and the country a staggering £21bn all in all. We need to take responsibility somewhere, and I don't think that normalising mid-week hangovers is the way forward.
Dice, a ticketing and music-discovery app, are allowing workers to shun throwing ‘sickies’ for hangover days. What’s more, all the worker has to do is send a ‘music’, ‘beer’ and ‘sick’ emoji to their boss. It will then go down as having a hangover day. There’s only one caveat, the employee has to have been out at a gig or on work-related business. It won’t count if they got their mates round to drink Stella from a crate and watch the football. CEO & Founder of Dice, Phil Hutcheon said: “All our team live for music and some of the best deals in the industry happen after a gig. We trust each other and want people to be open if they’re out late experiencing live music. There is no need for a fake sick bug.”