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Commenting article: Bulgarian Employees Lead Western World by Number of Sick Days

Bulgarian workers hold the lead in taking sick leave, according to a survey of companies in Europe and America by the consultancy company Mercer, published in the "Economist" magazine.

Workers in Bulgaria took most time off for health related reasons - 22 days average in 2007. The Portuguese hold the second place, but only with 12 days per year, followed by the Czech Republic with 11 days.
Lotus - 3 Feb 2009 // 23:56:29

Not surprised at all. The fine morale of the Communist era. It will take at least a couple of generations to start changing that attitude towards the job.

CJB - 3 Feb 2009 // 21:25:28

My experience of Bulgarian employees has been, frankly, mixed. Those that have studied or worked in "the West" are often as good as any workers you can find anywhere in the world. Those that have only limited or non-existent experience outside the country can be really terrible to work with. Lazy, dishonest, arrogant, unable to work properly, always late, with a sense of entitlement that beggars belief. Not all are like this, but quite often it is the case.

xNELLIEx - 3 Feb 2009 // 20:36:12

Motherfcukers! Lazy spongers! And then they wonder why they are poor. Remind me NEVER to hire Bulgarians for anything!

CJB - 3 Feb 2009 // 20:32:39

More likely the numbers taking a sickie will rise....."stress" caused by the prospect of redundancy!

Kolegialen - 3 Feb 2009 // 19:32:52

More poor women for you to stick your yellow dikc in Taro;)

Taro - 3 Feb 2009 // 19:24:01

Well, when the crisis will hit BG later this year, a recent news at SNA, then this will surely go down...

For some reason, Bg workers feel very safe in their jobs, like they were still public employees...


CJB - 3 Feb 2009 // 17:40:39

As the saying goes: "You pretend to pay me, so I pretend to work".

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