CIPD Survey – 31% of employers report a rise in ‘presenteeism’

December 10, 2015 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

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Once again the studies carried out by the CIPD have confirmed a trend that has been worrying us here at Extra Dimension for some time. The survey found that 1 in 3 employers have reported an increase in ‘presenteeism’. For those of you not familiar with this term it means staff coming to work when they are ill, either physically or mentally, for example when they are suffering from stress. Unfortunately, this is not a one-off increase; the report also found that the problem of employees coming into work when they are ill has increased every year for the past 5 years.

The CIPD found that presenteeism is more likely to occur in businesses where long working hours are normal and operational demands are high, which is often the case in larger organisations.

In our experience these increases may also be due to the financial climate (or perception of it), where employees feel pressured to deliver in the face of austerity cuts and additionally may be concerned about losing out on pay or even losing their jobs altogether if they fail to attend.
Finally the report confirmed another fact which we have experienced; employers who report an increase in presenteeism find they experience a correlating increase in long-term stress-related absence within their company.

We know that if you want your team members to work well within your business, you need to take the appropriate steps to make sure you are putting employee wellbeing above, or at least on a par with, the operational demands of your business. When an employee comes into work sick, they won’t be working to the same productivity levels as they would be if they were in good health. This can have a knock on effect to other staff and impact on customer service and perceptions of your business.

Despite these findings, over half the organisations that have experienced an increase in presenteeism haven’t taken any steps to discourage it.

So, what can be done to prevent it?

  • Identify the root cause of the presenteeism. A lack of motivation often correlates with stress and absence
  • Develop employee wellbeing strategies (this does not mean a corporate gym membership)
  • Investigate individual’s key motivators and invest in improving communication and quality of leadership
  • Give your team access to good employee support
  • Promote health and wellbeing in the workplace, and train your leaders to recognise the signs of stress or ill health
  • Put an emphasis on giving managers the skills they need to manage people in a way that gets the best out of them, whilst supporting their wellbeing.

    A Team Motivation Review from Extra Dimension can identify the causes of presenteeism in your team and give you and your managers the skills to prevent it. Get in touch with us today to find out more.


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