A Rising Trend
'Presenteeism' - known as the action of putting aside both mental and physical health problems to attend work – features as the topic of conversation in a recent article released by the BBC, which asks the question: How many times have you gone in to work when you're not up to it?
The reason for this is that such instances appear to be on the rise among employees within the UK.
Research by health insurer Vitality identifies that more than 40% of employees admit that their work has been affected by health problems - a figure that has risen by a third within the last five years.
In addition, the CIPD report that more than four-fifths (83%) of the working population have observed 'presenteeism' in their organisation, with a quarter (25%) claiming the problem to have got worse in the last year.
Dixons Carphone's Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Kesah Trowell, explains that: "Technology makes it easy for people to hide behind their desks, their computers or their phones, making it easier for there to be more 'presenteeism' than a few years ago. This is why it's important for us to manage this."
When asked if reducing 'presenteeism' would positively correlate with productivity levels, Vitality's chief executive Neville Koopowitz agrees stating "Absolutely". Further he makes it clear that: "Workplace stress and mental wellbeing have a massive impact”.
In line with this, there is no doubting the fact that the workplace can be a tough place to be, yet we must continue to do all that we can to look after our employees. There is still so much more that could be done.
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