Could working from home reduce employee absenteeism?

In an article written by PAUL HILL, EDP BUSINESS EDITOR

He suggests absenteeism is reduced when employers take a wider view of allowing their workers to do their jobs from home on occassion.

There are benefits to businesses in increased productivity and lower rates of sickness absence, she says. And, after all, do companies really need to pay for expensive offices?

“Home-working can be divided into two groups; there’s a group of people who are starting and growing their own business from home and a second group who are working from home as employees,” she said.

“Both groups are dramatically growing in size and there are a few good reasons for this.

“Working from home saves you time and money.

“Giving up a daily commute of just 60 minutes each way can earn you a whole extra day per week – that’s a full day you can spend doing more work, or with friends and family.

“You’re also giving up the costs of daily travel. Added to that, we’ve just done some research showing an average £28,000 increase in the value of your property, if you have a home office in it.

“For the individual, home-working offers freedom and flexibility.

“For employers, it offers increased productivity from staff, lower rates of absenteeism and savings on property costs. And everyone benefits from a cleaner environment with fewer cars on the road. It’s a modern way of working and the way of the future”.

Richard Reid is the founder of Pinnacle Proactive, Specialising in the Employee Assistance Program, Stress Management, Staff Retention & Absenteeism. Take a Proactive Approach to Growing Your Organisation & its People. For more info visit http://www.pinnacleproactive.com

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