Remote working is on the rise, but so is the number of people showing up to the office when they’re ill
Another month, another new term for us all to learn about. This time, it’s ‘presenteeism’, which refers to workers turning up for their shift when they’re not really fit to do so.
The number of people who go to work while sick has dramatically increased, as a recent report from the CIPD revealed. A survey of 1,000 workers found that 86% had gone into their workplace when they should have taken a sick day, compared with just 26% eight years ago.
There are many reasons why someone might feel unable to call in sick, but what’s most surprising about these figures is that the opportunities for remote and home working have never been more abundant. The number of employed people working some or all of their hours outside the office has soared in recent years; in fact, it has been predicted that 50% of the UK workforce will be operating remotely by 2020.
Technology, of course, has made this possible. From VPN connections between home computers and company servers, to team-focused sharing apps and video conference calls, collaborating on projects remotely and in real time has never been easier. So, if you’re feeling under the weather, you could still have a productive day from the comfort of your sofa.
The biggest barrier to working from home then is, presumably, either a workplace culture that doesn’t embrace technology, or an occupation that isn’t compatible with remote working. If you don’t do an office-based job, it may not be possible to work from home – or is it?
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