We’ve all done it, we still come into work even when feeling sluggish or stuffed up from cold medicine. Many of us want to “save” our sick days for dire emergencies or those perfect sunny days in the summer, but the productivity of work from employees under the weather can be negative AND more expensive for the company than frequent absences. It’s called “presenteeism”, and although employees are physically present at the office, the efficiency of work isn’t up to par – not to mention the chance of a contagious virus spreading to other co-workers.
Presenteeism is now associated with workplace-related stress. According to Dr. Ballard from the American Psychological Association, one-third of Americans are living with extreme stress, with 74% of respondents saying work was the main cited source of this stress – 15% above last year’s results. Some large companies like GlaxoSmithKline and PricewaterhouseCoopers provide health assessments and discussion groups to alleviate struggles involved with workplace stress. Although these efforts can definitely help overall performance, taking a day off when necessary doesn’t seem like such a bad option. After all, it IS better off for the company as a whole, isn’t it?
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