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Absenteeism or Presenteeism – What should you focus on?

Presenteeism refers to the problem of employees being on the job but, because of illness or other medical conditions, not fully functioning, leading to a loss in productivity. We’re talking about people coming to work even when sick and trying to carry on despite their symptoms. Extensive research has proven what your common sense has probably guessed by now - presenteeism is much costlier problem than its productivity-reducing counterpart, absenteeism. And, unlike absenteeism, presenteeism isn’t always apparent: You know when someone doesn’t show up for work, but you often can’t tell when—or how much—illness or a medical condition is hindering someone’s performance. Many of the medical problems that result in presenteeism are relatively benign. What brings people to work despite being ill are conditions like seasonal allergies,...