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Presenteeism In The Workplace: Are Your Employees At Their Best?

Posted by Paula Turnquist

Presenteeism has negative, costly effects on businesses, taking away employee time and productivity. Understanding these issues and their potential solutions is crucial for organizations that hope to maximize their effectiveness and minimize their losses.

Presenteeism is the phenomenon that occurs when an employee goes to work, but once there, under-performs to an extent that damages the organization's overall ability to function. Presenteeism has similar effects as absenteeism, but it is much more difficult to track — employers often can't tell that someone is not in a fit state to work, making this issue an extremely difficult one to address.

Mental health issues are frequently active culprits in cases of presenteeism, since an employee can be mentally unfit for work even though a disease's effects on the body might be minor to nonexistent. For instance, Accordingly to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, depression costs employers in the United States $24 billion each year in lost productive work time.

Health experts report that presenteeism costs are greater in the long-run because employees who are not fully productive at work are much more likely to suffer from serious illnesses down the road. These illnesses, in turn, are likely to result in actual hospitalizations and to necessitate time off, making the loss accrued by presenteeism significantly compounded.

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According to widely accepted research on the topic, the typical U.S. employee loses an average of 115 productive hours each year as a result of health problems, which costs employers an estimated $2,000 per worker, per year. This research, however, only involves absenteeism — the losses incurred by presenteeism are likely to be even higher.

One way you can lessen the effects of presenteeism in your workplace is to discourage a culture that views overtime as a virtue. Long hours at the office tend to damage employees' health and activity levels as well as their contentedness and personal relationships. As a result, they will be more likely to suffer from illnesses and stressors that might actually lead to absenteeism, and which could have been avoided if a more balanced lifestyle were established from the very beginning.

Employers can foster a healthy work environment that will help everyone be more productive. This means that employers must provide quality, preventive healthcare for their employees, so that less time is wasted by presenteeism.

By providing employees with the skills and knowledge they need to stay healthy, employers can promote a thriving wellness culture in the workplace and intervene in unhealthy employee behavior before it develops into a high-risk, high-cost situation. 

Posted by Paula Turnquist

Paula Turnquist joined Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in 2013 as sales manager of Employer Products. She is responsible for the sales of products and services ranging from employer group health plans to Executive Health and Occupational Medicine programs. Paula is originally from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is a Nursing and Health Care Administration graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She has worked in healthcare since 1976 serving major hospital systems, physician practices, venture capital start-ups and large insurance carriers.

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Topics: Employer, presenteeism, company culture

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