Will you go to work despite being sick? Presenteeism.

This question is rhetorical for many of us. Why are we doing this? Because we are at the end of the project and we just need to make sure the last touches. Because recently we have been absent quite often and we are worried that the boss will look askance at another sick leave. Because we are afraid of employment, omission during raises or bonuses.

🎯 We risk our health to prove our professionalism.

And no, it’s not about flu, fever or stomach problems that actually prevent you from working or may spread the disease to your co-workers. We are talking about diseases that significantly reduce the productivity of an employee such as:
❇️ depression,
❇️ migraine,
❇️ arthritis,
❇️ high blood pressure,
❇️ allergies.

And you can roll your eyes and say, “What’s HR inventing again?” but the research doesn’t lie. Presenteeism is the cause of more than 7 times greater decline in productivity than the absence of a sick employee. In addition, it burdens the tasks performed with the risk of making mistakes.

🎯 Presenteeism is ineffective presence at work.

The costs of presenteeism are on average three times higher than those associated with absenteeism. In the US, they reached the level of USD 150 billion a year. Despite this, only 45% of companies that experience it take active steps to address the problem.

Monika Ciesielska
President at IMSA Search Global Partners. An experienced consultant in the recruitment of the management staff, including board members, and a leader of the recruiting team in the IT/Tech area. Enthusiast of digital transformation of HR processes. Podcaster at "Skrzydlaty HR" and "Top Leaders Club".
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