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Presenteeism – the UK’s biggest threat to productivity?

We all know about the effects of absenteeism - like forgotten Tupperware containers and broken coffee machines, it’s a natural part of office life. However, while in most workplaces there are measures in place to support members of staff who are absent, there are rarely any measures to address another, possibly more common problem: presenteeism.

Article by: Steve Thompson | Published: 1 June 2018

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Presenteeism – a growing concern

Employee services business Personal Group and online doctor service videoDoc are today unveiling the findings of a nationally representative survey of 2,496 UK employees on their attitudes and behaviours around work presenteeism and illness in the workplace.

Article by: Mark Scanlon | Published: 28 May 2018

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Presenteeism: What it really means for management

New survey findings from the CIPD, as well as academic research of my own, highlights the significant and growing problem of presenteeism in the UK.  HR Directors are understandably concerned by the finding that sickness presenteeism is at least twice as common as sickness absence; employees are spending an average 2.5 weeks a year at work despite feeling unwell. 

Article by: Zara Whysall | Published: 23 May 2018

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Could Presenteeism become a bigger problem than absenteeism

People coming into work when they are ill also known as ‘Presenteeism’ has more than tripled since 2010, with 86 percent of employees admitting they had observed Presenteeism in the workplace. Presenteeism from Mental Health alone is estimated to cost the UK economy £15.1 billion per annum, compared to £8.4 billion per annum for absenteeism.

Article by: Ciara Morrison | Published: 21 May 2018

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Combatting presenteeism in the workplace

Workplace ‘presenteeism’ is a growing obstacle for employers in 2018. Although employers may theoretically be pleased that their employees are choosing to attend work instead of staying at home due to sickness, its negative effects are now becoming increasingly clear.

Article by: David Price | Published: 13 May 2018

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Is presenteeism actually damaging productivity in your business?

‍Presenteeism is very much a factor in the UK workplace. This was evident in recent research, conducted by Canada Life Group Insurance, which found that rather than miss work almost half of UK employees would turn up sick with a stomach bug or flu – despite the risk of spreading illness to their colleagues.

Article by: Lisa Baggaley | Published: 4 April 2018