Research Shows a Rise In Presenteeism

Research Shows a Rise In Presenteeism

  • Date: Tuesday 23rd May 2017
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Latest research shows that seven in ten UK employees (equivalent to 18 million) have gone to work unwell when they should have taken the day off. 


Based on research by Aviva, UK workers are three times more likely to go to work unwell than call in sick.  Research also showed 43% of employees felt that their employer puts the results of the company ahead of their health and wellbeing.


The data shows the average number of sick days taken by UK employees per year is following a reducing trend with 4.3 days taken in 2016, down from 7.2 days in 1993. 


Private sector employees are fearful of heavy workloads if they take days off with 41% stating their workload will pile up while they are absent.


The evidence suggests that an approach to absence management that focuses on the cost of absence and scares people back to work may result in a productivity challenge.   The priority is to establish the root causes of absence and working to tackle them. 


The need to attend work or “presenteeism” is driven by an always on culture which can risk overall business performance through adversely affecting productivity and morale in the workplace.   Consider how you can take the lead on communicating proactively to employees that it can be acceptable to take a step back when unwell and that it can be in their interest and that of the business to do this.


Source: HR News

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