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Posted on Jan 29th 2019
3 Productivity Perks You Can Get From Remote Employees
The season of sick is upon us. Colds, flus, and other illnesses are running rampant per their usual trend, and more and more employees are calling in personally sick or with the responsibility of caring for sick kids.
It turns out, however, that companies with remote employees are experiencing less of this than those that employ on-site workers only.
Less Sick Days
Studies have found that employees who work remotely use sick days less, as their ability to rest and recover during work is vastly different than those who work from the office.
Instead of a long commute, traffic, dress codes, desk time, and in-person meetings, remote employees are only commuting from their bed to their home office. And sometimes not even that far.
They are able to take breaks when they need to, enjoy a nap during their lunch break, run to the pharmacy without issue, and work in their pajamas.
Remote Days in Lieu of Absences
Employers that don't employ full-time remote employees are also experiencing another benefit: getting productivity out of otherwise absent employees.
Some employees would opt for the work-from-home arrangement, rather than using a personal, sick, or PTO day lying around feeling miserable. And both employee and employer are reaping the benefits of continued production, despite illness. All while keeping healthy on-site employees away from contagious ickiness.
This has also been beneficial for employees with sick children. Rather than taking the entire day away from work, they are able to work from home while they care for their family.
Fewer Weather-Related No Shows
Inclement weather often results in employees that aren't able to get to the office, or that get there significantly late. Even without accidents, traffic moves slower and can cause massive delays.
Rather than requiring the drive, some employers are opting to call company-wide remote days when weather conditions present heightened danger and the likelihood of showing up well past their regular start time. This can relieve pressure from both employee and employer while supporting a fully productive day.