Employees call in sick because of the morning commute

We’ve written before about the impact IT can have on the company’s bottom line by getting more users set up to telecommute. Here’s another problem that could help solve:

Unplanned absences.

Many employees have called in sick simply because they were tired of making the morning commute, according to a recent survey by The Workforce Institute at Kronos, Inc.

The percentage isn’t staggering — 4% of survey respondents admitted to doing so — but that’s still enough to cost organizations 8.7% of their annual payroll, UPI reports.

In addition to preventing those off-days, allowing employees to telecommute sometimes can also improve job satisfaction and retention, as 15% of respondents say they’ve considered changing jobs to shorten their drives, and half said their commute negatively affects their morale.

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