I had the opportunity to have Patricia Daiker, a registered nurse, who is a Diabetes coach. She also happens to have Type 1 diabetes. Patricia is the owner of Dragonfly Lights as a professional life coach for those with diabetes. Patricia helps her clients deal with their chronic illness and create a better life, not only at home and play, but in their work life.

I interviewed Patricia about ‘Presenteeism’. Why? Because as business owner, we may employ someone with a chronic illness or maybe you have a chronic illness and need advice as well.

There has been much research that has proven that happiness precedes good health and success. You’ve got to feel good to perform well in any task.This is a proven fact.

Large businesses can face losses of billions of dollars due to their employees dealing with illness and other mental health issues. This loss of revenue isn’t just from employees being sick and absent but also being at work sick and not performing at their best thus making costly mistakes and other people sick as well. The term for this issue is called “Presenteeism”.

Presenteeism is when a person is at work but not performing at 100% capacity due to acute or chronic illnesses. Their body is there present but their mind is not. These individuals are just going through the motions. This situation occurs regularly with acute and chronic illnesses and results in:

  • Likely to infect other employees
  • Makes for a toxic emotional workplace
  • Errors, rework, ripple effect, frustration by colleagues

Research says that presenteeism is a costlier problem as compared to absenteeism.

Types of acute or chronic illnesses that may be affecting your workforce:

  • Cold/Flu
  • Migraines
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Etc…(the list goes on and on)

All these factors together impact the overall productivity and performance of the employees and as we know, this is an issue for not just large companies but companies of all sizes.

Some employees believe that if they go to work sick, it shows they’recommitted to the company. While it may be the case in some organizations, the underlying fact is sick employees are likely to be less effective and their work might have errors which can be costly to the organization along with infecting others.

What are the common reasons of preseenteeism?

  • Many workers feel taking sick leaves makes them appear less committed to their jobs.
  • Employees are concerned about the disciplinary action of being absent, potentially losing their job.
  • Taking sick leave will create more burdens on the coworkers with additional job responsibilities so employees go to work sick.
  • Some employees fear coming back to a backlog of work or missed deadlines.
  • Employees avoid taking leave due to salary deduction.
  • In households where both partners work, many times people go to work sick so they can use their allotted sick time when their children or parents are ill.
  • Many people also go to work when sick to avoid letting their team down.
  • Due to the workplace, a sick employee may be the most competent person on the team. If they’re not there, the work doesn’t get done correctly.
  • Bottom line, it’s the company culture.

How to Reduce the Practice of Presenteeism?

Managing presenteeism not only saves the company money but also results in greater employee engagement and productivity. Here are five ways to reduce presenteeism:

  1. Awareness– Company owners and leaders need to take the blinders off and examine how big of an issue presenteeism is within their company. Is this an area that needs to be addressed in your business? How prevalent is the issue? What are the leaders and employee’s observations?
  2. Review Policies & Procedures– Company owners and leaders need to educate themselves first regarding the costs of presenteeism, create policies and procedures to address the issues such as: (paid time off, flexible work schedules-work from home, support groups, open door policy, healthcare benefits, zero tolerance have breaks) and then teach their workforce how to minimize.
  3. Change Company Culture– Culture starts at the top. Once the commitment has been made to address the topic of presenteeism, the plan to address it needs to be developed, and then implemented. As with anything, change takes time. Putting your employees as your most valuable resource and “putting your money where your mouth is” will enhance the likelihood of success.
  4. Be a good example as a business owner and leader. There is nothing better than leading by example. People follow the leader in every aspect of life.
  5. Move– Allow employees to move! Increased blood flow decreases stress and increases creativity.
    At the end of the day, in businesses all over the globe, employees are coming to work sick and are costing their company money and negatively impacting themselves and others.

Listen to the Big Bold You show with Patricia Daiker, to learn the strategies to reduce the impact of illness on your performance and productivity.

Listen to more inspirational videos or shows hosted by Gens Johnson, Motivational Speaker Dallas TX for your self-development and mindset success here: https://gensJohnson.com/Big-Bold-You

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