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Absenteeism & Presenteeism in the workplace (first presented June 2011)



Cost comparisons between absenteeism and presenteeism, research review and tools to address presenteeism issues

Cost comparisons between absenteeism and presenteeism, research review and tools to address presenteeism issues



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Absenteeism & Presenteeism in the workplace (first presented June 2011) Absenteeism & Presenteeism in the workplace (first presented June 2011) Presentation Transcript

  • The UK’s most knowledgeable supplier of innovative products and services to improve workplace wellbeing and productivity
  • Absenteeism & Presenteeism: Identifying the problems and acting on them
  • Taking up the slack• In all trading climates, organisations strive to optimise their workforce• If staff numbers have been reduced, it becomes even more important• When personnel are also worried about their income, mortgage or personal circumstances, they may be more vulnerable to stress-related sickness
  • No time to be sick• When the workforce is stretched, illness has to be covered by overtime or temps• This can be expensive and inefficient• Individuals may also be reluctant to “own up” to illness in case it jeopardises their job security
  • Absenteeism• EEF Westfield Health Survey• Over 450 companies surveyed• 5.0 days average absence• Down from 6.7 days in 2010• Individuals with no absence up from 40% to 45%• Fit notes and management training have had impact
  • Absenteeism• Easy to measure• But the simple “here/not here” measure is inadequate• Not necessarily representative of the true situation
  • Presenteeism• Opinium Research - October 2010• 3 in 10 Managers believe personnel absent with MSD are well enough to work• 50% feel their bosses don’t care about their health• 25% fear being sacked or facing redundancy if they take time off sick
  • Presenteeism• Red line – perceived productivity before absence• Purple line – actual productivity Unmeasured Measured loss lostProductivity >>> productivity Time >>>
  • The cost of Presenteeism?• 1999 study by The Employers Health Coalition of Tampa (Florida, USA) showed Presenteeism costs at up to 7x the cost of Absenteeism• Much more recent research (not published) by COPE Occupational Health and Ergonomic Services (Nottingham, England) assessed underperformance in an organisation of 1400 people and found the cost to the employer amounted to £4,000 per person.• Workplace Possibilities articles• Centre for Mental Health
  • The cost of Presenteeism?• Bob Grove: Centre for Mental Health• 60 – 85%of employees report going to work despite illness at least once in the last year• 45% of personnel report one or more days’ presenteeism compared to 18% with one or more days’ absenteeism• Cost comparisons for presenteeism:absenteeism – US : 2:1 to 7:1 – Australia 2:1 – Germany 3:1 (Unilever)
  • The cost of Presenteeism?• Short term: substitution – i.e. more presenteeism is associated with less absenteeism• Long term: compounding • i.e. more presenteeism increases future absenteeism• http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/employment/presenteeism.aspx
  • • An occupation-specific, simple-to-use health screening tool.• Assesses an individual’s Work Instability (how well they are currently coping with their job).• It assesses both physical and psycho- social factors.• It can be used on a departmental or organisational basis or for individuals.
  • • (Free) pilot opportunities now needed!
  • CtrlWORK• Unique Personal • Energiser and Efficiency Software Concentration Boost• Based on extensive interventions include valuable research tools and tips about • Time Management• Provides constructive • Email Management interventions to maintain • Windows Shortcut Keys concentration • Can include corporate messages, updates and news RSS feed capability • Extensive reporting capability
  • Back-Track• Simple belt-mounted device that reminds the user of leans and stoops• Data recorded for download and subsequent analysis
  • Back-Track
  • Other products…• Lots of our well-established products contribute to improved performance and reduced absenteeism• Here are a couple of examples …
  • Seating • This is what we have been doing for many years! • Quality seating + • Good training = • Better performance!
  • Laptop Stands• Use of laptop stand with built-in document holder + keyboard and mouse• 17% productivity increase• Lindblad, Hendriksson-Larsen, Bongers, 2004
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  • www.osmondgroup.co.uk +44 (0)845 345 0898info@ergonomics.co.uk