I once worked with a guy who occasionally called in sick. They were short-lived maladies that seemed to coincide with prime skiing or golfing weather.
Now I now why.
Labour economics professor Mikal Skuterud of the University of Waterloo has discovered what he calls the "bliss point" - a ideal combination of sun, wind and temperature that makes playing hooky from work irresistible.
Skuterud applied a formula to data that included daily activity reports and 32 years' worth of Canadian weather information to zero in on the exact bliss point, the Globe and Mail reports.
Here's what to look for: A clear day with a humidex of exactly 27.2 C and a wind speed of 14.7 kilometres an hour.
"People wake up, they see there's this great weather and they have a pent-up demand to do some recreational activities," Skuterud told the Globe.
Skuterud co-authored a paper last October that spelled out his approach to what he calls "shirking absenteeism."
While it's amusing to think we react reflexively toRead More »from Canadians most like to play hooky from work when it’s sunny and warm