Nervous workers show signs of presenteeism
Determined to get that project done on time, even though you feel like crap? Worried about staying home lest your boss think that you're not totally committed to your job? Or maybe you don't have any paid sick days to begin with?
Presenteeism isn’t as obvious to spot as absenteeism, because it’s harder to tell how much an illness affects a person's performance than to know how often someone simply doesn’t show up for work.
One American study suggested that presenteeism costs the U.S economy up to $150 billion a year, thanks to workers who perform well below their usual levels all the while passing on their ailments to their co-workers.
1. Consider offering reasonable paid sick days. Money is tight – for many, “toughing” out the day at work when sick is preferable to losing the day’s wage.
2. Educate employees. Many employees are worried about the stigma of calling in sick, and feel they’re demonstrating a commitment to work if they come in when under the weather. Encourage employees to stay home when sick.
3. Consider sending sick employees home. If an employee comes to work and is clearly ill, consider educating them about the policy, and sending them home.
4. Institute a telecommuting policy. A telecommuting policy balances the need to address urgent matters or attend important meetings remotely, with the need to protect the health of others in the office.
Do you have an employee or a colleague who continually shows up to work coughing and spreading their germs? Does anybody do anything? Or are you the culprit?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money
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