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More than a third of British workers (38 per cent) have used email or text to tell their boss they were sick and unable to work, and one in five of those admit they were pulling a sickie so felt too guilty to call, a survey out today reveals.

Men are the worst culprits with a quarter (25 per cent) of those emailing or texting in sick admitting they were faking it.

The statistic is part of a study into the way workers are communicating in an ever-changing landscape, which now includes video calling, social media, instant messaging, internet-based phone systems, SMS, MMS and of course good old fashioned talking to people.

The survey of 2,000 business professionals in the UK was commissioned for the launch of a new communications system, Orbit, which unites your desk phone, mobile and computer, making it easy for workers to choose the right communications channel for the situation from one central place.

Andrew Jackson, Group...

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