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Mass absence from work on 15 May

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Millions plan to stay away from work for a day on Thursday 15 May 2008, in what is thought to be the largest mass absence from work for a generation.

Organised by Work Wise UK, a not-for-profit initiative, and led by BT and Transport for London, with the approval of organisations including TUC, CBI and British Chambers of Commerce, ‘National Work From Home Day’ promises to offer employers and staff around the UK the chance to experience the benefits of cutting the office commute.

“This is not a day off to those participating,” said Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK. “It’s the chance for hard-working, open-minded people to demonstrate that without the stress induced by the workplace environment, with the often long commute many have to endure, people can be even more productive by occasionally working from home.

“We say, you lose nothing by trying it out, and you may be surprised by the positive impact of the experiment.”

HR Zone recently reported on findings that suggest whilst working from home reduces stress, it also leads to fears over career progression.

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