Ahh-choo! The flu can cause major health-related productivity costs and result in employers having to deal with either sick employees staying home (absenteeism) – or sick employees coming into the office (presenteeism)… both major problems! According to Rutgers University, employee health problems cost employers approximately $226 billion each year, of which 70% resulted from a reduction in productivity with the rest coming from work absences due to illness. So what are some of the effects of absenteeism/presenteeism and how can we reduce them?
Presenteeism occurs when employees are at work physically, but experience loss of productivity due to sickness.
- Spending unneeded additional time on tasks
- Reduced quality of work
- Little to no initiative
- Spreading germs to other employees around the office, resulting in widespread disease
- Lowered ability to perform at a high level
- Less work completed
- Little to no motivation
- Less social/ more easily disgruntled
Absenteeism occurs when employees are staying away from work either without good reason or due to sickness
- May become understaffed
- Spike in healthcare claims
- Other employees more prone to stay home with little to no symptoms of sickness
- Decreased morale around the office
- Address conditions that affect many individuals of your employee population in your wellness initiatives
- Offer health fairs, screenings, and health risk assessments to get your employees actively engaged in your wellness practices
- Offer onsite flu shots
- Beat the flu before it ever starts! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Onsite flu vaccinations make it quick and easy for employees to get their flu shots without missing any work or ever having to leave the office… and no it doesn’t hurt!