Is presenteeism more damaging to your business than absenteeism?

According to research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (BHW), it is estimated that UK employers are losing 27.5 days of productive work per employee each year.

When an employee is absent, others can usually take on some of their workload, but productivity can still take a hit, and key things can get missed.

Based on findings from HR and payroll specialist Moorepay, only 91% of firms track staff absences, with 39% logging them on paper, leaving them open to human error. Failing to track absence properly means that you can never get a true picture of how it’s affecting your business and you’ll be unable to review correctly.

On the other hand, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out why presenteeism is a real issue. Coughs, colds and sickness can easily spread amongst staff and before you know it, you have a situation on your hands that is starting to look like an epidemic and a dilemma in terms of managing workload.

The real problem here though, is why does an employee feel the need to go into work whilst feeling unwell?

It could be linked to a number of issues, such as adopting a stiff upper lip and just wanting to get on with things, or it could go deeper. Perhaps it’s a high-pressure workplace that is stress inducing and employees feel obligated to be present no matter what.

The simplest solution here is to ensure that you have a sickness and absence policy that’s fit for purpose and focuses on supporting your staff as well as the achievement of your goals and objectives. Absence tracking is key in order to avoid being in the dark about the real extent of your absence issues and being able to tackle issues early on.

It may be time for you to take a look at your wider practices and assess where problems might exist that need to be addressed. In the UK there’s still a lot of work to be done in terms of supporting staff with mental health issues and tackling the stigma that often exists around non-physical health and wellbeing. When creating your sickness and absence policies, it’s vital that you consider how you’ll be playing your part in creating positive change.

If you have issues in your workplace surrounding sickness, then it may be time to call in the professionals.

We can assess the effectiveness of your existing policies and procedures, ensure that you’re compliant with relevant legislation and help you to move forward towards exemplary leadership, leaving you with a workforce that is happier, healthier and more productive.

Give us a call today to arrange your initial no-obligation consultation.