Here in body, absent in productivity

Presenteeism hurts output, quality of work-life and employee health
By Graham Lowe
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/04/2002

Absenteeism has caught the attention of many employers. It’s on the rise, costly, and one of the most widely measured indicators of a healthy organization.

In the growing field of health and productivity management, there are many health and wellness programs designed to cut absenteeism. But this focus on absenteeism gives a woefully inadequate picture of the relationship between employee health, work-life quality and workplace productivity. This largely stems from the flawed assumption that when people are at work they are being productive.

When people show up for work sick, injured, stressed or burned-out there is a drain on productivity. This is the problem of presenteeism.