We’ve all done it: Dragged ourselves into work when feeling sick as a dog – or emotionally under par. It’s fair to say those days weren’t our most productive, or our happiest at work!
“Presenteeism,” it would seem, is the close cousin of absenteeism - the one who manages to insidiously dodge the limelight though.
How do we define presenteeism exactly?
“Presenteeism” is being at work when you shouldn’t be and when as a result, as a result you are under productive. There are a number of different types of employees who exhibit presenteeism. These include:
Those who are simply workaholics and hence exhausted but at work
The unwell (physically or emotionally) employee who still fronts up
The disenfranchised employee – there in person but unwilling to work as required.
There are therefore many reasons why presenteeisim occurs. Our fast and increasingly digital and competitive work environments are only but encouraging it’s spread however.
“Employees who come to work sick or suffering other conditions that prevent them from working productively - may be costing you more than absenteeism..” (businessknowhow.com)
Why should we be taking more notice of presenteeism?
Presenteeism is expensive to business …very….. A recent report by Pathology Australia discussed in HRM online suggests that the cost of presenteeism annually in Australia is $34 billion annually. Yep – that’s big bikkies!
So what can we do about it?
If you were questioning whether it would be good to implement a workplace wellness program then now is the time to get your act together – But…. (and there is a big but), the research I have seen suggests that a #wellnessprogram is far less effective if underlying #workplaceculture and #employeeengagement is poor.
Worklifebalance is a key element of quality productivity in the new world of work. From the top down, in combo with all the other parts of the employee experience, this way of working should be the “new normal” to optimise productivity and people.
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