Absenteeism and Presenteeism

Absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace though triggered by different factors, are big issues in companies of all shapes and sizes. Both of these issues have a major effect on employee productivity, and therefore, an organisation’s bottom line. Absenteeism is defined as when employees have an unscheduled absence, while presenteeism is when employees are at work, but they aren’t actually working.

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Absenteeism and Presenteeism how can you quantify it?

Absenteeism is arguably a bit easier to quantify as it’s easy to see when employees aren’t at work. Absenteeism rates tend to go up the more disengaged employees are, and absenteeism rates go down when managers put into place a strong absence policy and efficient attendance tracking.

Presenteeism, on the other hand, is much more difficult to quantify. Employees come to work and they’re physically there but they’re not productive. Presenteeism is more likely to occur when employees are suffering from heavy workloads or don’t feel secure at work. Strong management and promoting well-being at work are two effective ways to fight presenteeism in the workplace.

Where does that leave managers?

Measure absenteeism & presenteeism rates. Knowing your absenteeism and presenteeism rates is important; it can help you tap into underlying issues that you might not have even known existed.

Make sure your employees feel valued and informed. With the latest technology there’s no excuse for not being in the know these days no matter where you are and, as an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure that not only do your employees know how to keep informed, they get the right level of contact and feedback.

Find new ways to come together. If your team has gone from office workers to full- or part-time remote, you might notice team comradery is a bit lower than usual. This is a chance to find new ways to come together. Perhaps it’s an early finish on Friday to share a drink together over Zoom, or an online team-building activity before a regular meeting.

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