As we head into cold and flu season, we’re probably all aware of absenteeism, and the problems it can cause. When employees miss work, others have to cover for them (often with very little notice). As a result of workers taking on unfamiliar duties, tasks can take longer to complete. You may find yourself incurring unexpected overtime. Customers service can be affected. It’s a real problem.
But it turns out, the opposite situation can present an even bigger problem!
“Presenteeism” — A Hidden Danger To Your Business
Your most dedicated employees are just as aware as you are of the issues that absenteeism can cause. Because of their loyalty and dedication to their work, they might consider coming to work despite being sick. They may even feel a bit proud of themselves for “sucking it up” and coming in even while under the weather.
You might be tempted to praise them, or hold them up to others as a good example of someone who “takes their responsibilities seriously.”
This trend — of coming in to work while sick — is sometimes referred to as “presenteeism.” And it can represent an even bigger danger to your business than absenteeism!