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Presenteeism....Did You Know?
By: Rhonda Weiss  -  8/14/2012

Known as the opposite of absenteeism (chronic absences), presenteeism is coming to work when you are sick. The effects of presenteesim cause low productivity and an increase in germs in the workplace. This means that employees are consistently working beneath their true potential-if illnesses in the office are reoccurring. This will have an overall effect on the bottom line. Long-term presenteesim can then lead to absenteeism.

Presenteeism has surpassed the cost of absenteeism, that's over the $180 billion for absenteeism according to a SHRM study.

In a 2009 survey of 522 workers, completed by Officeteam, a national staffing service, reported that 45%, say they go to work while sick "very frequently". This is attributed to the current economic environment. However, in a similar 2005 study they show that out of 594 workers and 150 senior executives 49% said they come to work sick "very frequently".

In a study done by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), they reported that 40 US employers claim to have lost $5 million in one year due to employees with allergies. They're allergies cause a daily three hour decrease in productivity.

The Problem of Presenteeism

What does your workplace culture believe about working while sick? What impact has it had on the health and sanity of the workplace? What measures has your workplace taken to keep the work environment clean?

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