Monica Narvaez Lends Perspective to HR Daily Advisor Look at Employers’ Remote Work Options

March 27, 2020

Workers calling in “sick” in order to secure an unscheduled day off has long been a concern for employers. But perhaps more troubling, especially in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, are those who come to work while trying to power through an illness.

HR Daily Advisor talked with Estes Thorne & Carr’s Monica Narvaez about how to respond to employees who do not avail themselves of employer-granted sick leave or personal time off allowances when they are under the weather.

“There are many reasons for this phenomenon,” Monica said in the March 26, 2020, article “Strategies and Considerations for Letting Sick Employees Work from Home.” For example, she notes, if a company offers a bank of PTO for vacation or illness, “some employees will want to save their time for vacation. Some companies offer pay for unused sick leave. Other employees will not call out sick because they worry people may think they are lying. Then you have the employees that may actually be sick, but they are so busy they do not want to get behind.”

“Whatever the reason, it does result in sick employees coming into the workplace, being less than efficient, and, most likely, making others sick,” she said.

Thanks to better technological tools that can help monitor remote employees’ activities, one option for employers to consider is to allow more flexibility in allowing qualified employees to work from home.

“If employees are using a remote log in system, there is likely some sort of monitoring function,” said Monica. “Perhaps there are reports that can be generated to show how much work was performed. For the most part, monitoring at-home workers comes down to the supervisors who will know if the work is being done.”

The full article can be found here.