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Will Remote Work Kill the Sick Day?

For many, the term “sick day” tends to conjure up certain images. For some, a sick day is a euphemism for playing hooky and skipping work to go fishing, play golf, or nurse a hangover. Others have to be on their death bed or so under the weather that they can’t even make it into the office. And for others still, taking a sick day is the responsible thing to do if there’s even the slightest possibility they’re harboring a contagious disease that could be spread to colleagues.

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the widespread shift to remote work that it triggered, has threatened to forever change how sick days are treated by employees and employers alike. It’s possible the concept may ultimately fade away entirely.

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