Is Presenteeism Costing You?

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Posted by David Ridgway on 03/13/2019

Employers are very familiar with absenteeism (missing work because of sickness) and the impact it has on their bottom line. However, very few employers have considered the costs of presenteeism

X-ray of a hand on a computer mousePresenteeism is showing up for work when you’re sick.  Have you ever gotten up in the morning with chest congestion and a horrible headache and still gone to work?  Of course you have! In fact, a 2015 survey showed that 66% of employees sick with the flu will still go to work and “tough it out.” While this is admirable, it’s problematic: sick employees are costly to employers.

There’s an obvious cost when an employee gets sick and misses work, but it’s also costly when they get sick and still show up for work. Here’s how:

  • Productivity decreases. When we’re sick, we’re sluggish and slow. Our brain doesn’t process well or clearly, so the quantity and/or quality of our work will suffer.
  • Sickness spreads so the problem multiplies. The workplace is one of the most common places to catch the flu. More sick employees mean more presenteeism or absenteeism.

Aside from encouraging sick employees to stay home, the most effective thing you can do to combat presenteeism is to provide a clean workplace so that employees get sick less often. If you clean your workplace well, there are fewer germs and bacteria and less dirt and mold.  Illness and allergies will be reduced, and your employees will be more productive.

Just one of the many benefits to investing in a good commercial cleaning service.

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