Virtual Offices Could Reduce the Number of Sick Days

LONDON—Are you so stressed out it’s making you sick? That’s the story for seven out of 10 workers under 24 who call in sick. It’s not the flu—it is just stress—according to a survey by financial services provider Friends Life.

Telecommuting from a virtual office at least part time and help you alleviate stress. Virtual office technologies may keep you more connected than ever before, which can stress you out if you haven’t found work-life balance. But working at home from a virtual office can reduce stress by helping you stay focused and more productive without all the typical office distractions.

Friends Life surveyed 2,000 full-time workers, who largely blamed the state of the economy for their anxiety. In fact, they date stressful feelings about money and work back to 2008. But that was before virtual office became a more popular alternative workplace strategy for companies large and small.

Dr. Ian Drever of The Priory Group has some thoughts on why this stress-related sickness is so prevalent among younger age groups. He says there may be a couple of dynamics at play that are causing younger workers to take on more stress than their older counterparts.

“Firstly, younger people maybe more stressed due to their job roles being more time pressured, having greater expectations upon them to climb the career ladder and cope with numerous demands in more challenging economic times,” Drever says.

“They may also be more aware of the signs of stress in themselves—such as disrupted sleep or diminished cognitive performance—so can recognize it at an earlier stage, and then flag this up within the work environment.”

Again, a virtual office can help. By working from a virtual office during tight deadlines, you can stay focused on the task at hand, block out distractions from coworkers, and just get the work done. Stress hurts productivity, so working from the quiet of a virtual office could be just what the doctor ordered.


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