By Yves Hiernaux, co-founder and CEO of BeeBole Timesheet

Absenteeism and presenteeism are constant strains on the time of all organisations. The UK government says an estimated 141 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury in the UK in 2018, the equivalent to 4.4 days per worker. This is costing UK companies around £77.5 billion each year, according to Vitality Health.

This was already a cause for concern, but now with one in five UK employees potentially having to work from home due to Coronavirus, even more so. The UK government released a four-step plan earlier this months, and if it reaches stage two, employers need to be prepared to allow employees to work from home.

When an employee is either absent from work due to disengagement or physical or mental illness, or is present at work but under-performing, it impacts organisations across the board. It lowers morale by increasing others’ workloads, forces meetings to be rescheduled and can even put projects at risk. It places added pressure on everybody’s time and is one of the biggest threats to productivity.

High absenteeism and presenteeism rates could make or break your business. And while there are no easy solutions, there are steps you can take to promote a workplace culture of flexibility and a healthy work/life balance.

No matter your business size, time is your greatest commodity. It’s how you utilise your time, and the time of all your employees, that determines efficiency, productivity, and ultimately success. Today, many businesses throughout the UK are realising that implementing an easy and efficient

Employers should trust their employees are working, whether they’re in the office or not. TheCcoronavirus is clearly going to have a huge impact on the UK workforce. If employers are truly worried about their team working remotely, employers can see how many hours were worked (and from where they were registered) if using a cloud-based time tracking system. Presenteeism and absenteeism are very much alive and well in today’s work culture, so remote or not, the real key is being able to measure productivity in other ways.

Remote working is not the enemy.