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Why Can't We Stop Working?

02 September 2012

Why Can't We Stop Working?

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Absenteeism is finally on the decrease, with data from the Office for National Statistics reporting that the average number of days lost through sickness has dropped significantly from seven days per individual to just four.

Unfortunately, it's a hollow victory. The cost of presenteeism - when sick employees attend work but fail to perform - is on the increase, accounting for 1.5 times more working time lost as sickness absence, according to a study by The Work Foundation. And that's before you take into account the cost of other types of presenteeism, generated by employees who attend work but lack either the motivation or skill required to add value.

Presenteeism indicates the ongoing effects of the recession, where employees feel the need to put in face-time and try to hit targets despite ill health, for fear of putting themselves at increased risk of redundancy otherwise. The trend highlights the extreme pressure most workforces are now under, with more than 40% of employees surveyed for The Work Foundation study reporting that they felt under pressure from managers and co-workers to come to work when ill.

Click here for the full story at The Huffington Post