Millions to stay away from work for the day

In what could be the largest mass absence from work for a generation, an estimated five million people will not be coming in to work on Thursday, May 15. None of them will be making excuses. And none of their employers will be accusing them of skiving.

For the third year, a day in May has been chosen as National Work from Home Day. Led by the likes of BT and Transport for London, and with the approval of organisations such as the TUC, CBI and British Chambers of Commerce, employers and staff around the UK are being encouraged to work from home that day, so that everyone can experience the benefits.

National Work from Home Day is organised by Work Wise UK, a national not-for-profit initiative to promote smarter working practices, such as flexible, remote and mobile working and working from home. It aims to give half the working population of the UK - some 14 million people - the opportunity to work smarter by 2011. 

̶0;This is not a day off to those participating,̶1; said Phil Flaxton, Chief Executive of Work Wise UK. ̶0;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.̶1;

The day marks the start of Work Wise Week, running until Wednesday, May
21, consisting of a number of themed days and events beyond the first. Friday May 16 will focus upon the significant positive impact smarter working can have on the environment, both in terms of the reduced need to travel and also a longer term reduction in resources and infrastructure to support a smarter working workforce. The weekend of May 17 and 18 will be Wise Work Weekend, a consumer-focused initiative to provide guidance and help to those people who would like to work smarter.

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Image: Employers are being encouraged to embrace National Work from Home Day for the benefit of their staff

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