How Happy are your Employees?

You may have heard of the word ‘presenteeism’, yes? It’s a hot topic right now and an issue that’s costing UK employers more than £61 billion annually.

Presenteeism is when employees are present, but their productivity is down. Have you ever come into work when you are poorly?

You aren’t alone, but this is also a form of presenteeism.

Presenteeism is a serious issue, but an issue that can be helped! If you came into work with your leg hanging off no one would expect you to be there. So why do we feel that having a mental health issue means we should go into work. Our bodies need time to heal and so do our minds. If you come into work not feeling well, the chances are you won’t be productive, and you will take longer to recover because you need rest!

A study by the CIPD found that more than 83% of its respondents had observed presenteeism within their organisation. That’s a 25% increase on the previous year…

Presenteeism is a clear and accelerating trend, but what’s the cause? If it’s estimated that employers in the UK lose an average of 35.6 working days, per worker, annually, should they not want to help fix this?

The issue might run deeper than we realise.

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What you can do

The CEO of the insurance company Vitality Health said that when wellness intervention was offered, only 18% of employees participated. Despite the fact that 74% of those who did take part reported that they felt the positive impacts on both their mental and physical health.

Work plays a massive part in most of our lives. There is no escaping it. We are constantly told as a society ‘find a job you love, and you’ll never work again.’ Albeit a nice thought, it’s not always that easy.

Many of us favour certain work tasks over others and that’s normal! You don’t need to love every single second of being at work, but what you can do is make the most of your time there. Take regular breaks, leave the office for your lunch break, regularly refuel your body with food and water, make connections with your colleagues, write down what excites and energies you at work, and do more of those things. All these small things add up and could potentially have a major impact on your work place well-being. Personally, I find it helpful to listen to music through my headphones when I’m cracking on with a task. No not everyone will be able to do this, but it’s worth asking. You have nothing to lose.

Of course, it’s not all down to you. The relationship with your boss has a lot to do with how you feel at work. Employees report that the attributes they most appreciate and look for in a boss is someone who speaks to them with respect, has a friendly but fair approach, and an employer who isn’t too proud to praise small wins, as well as the big ones.

It’s important to have a working relationship with your boss, whether contact is via email, phone calls or even better – face to face catch ups. Your boss should find time to want to see how you are. After all, happy employees generate more work, and more work equates to more success. It’s a win-win. Investing time in your employees will always benefit your business. It’s human nature to have a desire to feel appreciated and valued. We are also the most ‘connected’ generation ever, if each of us invests a small amount of our time connecting with those in our working environment, this can go a long way towards booting the workplace morale.

At KMA we create bespoke plans to help decrease presenteeism, and we make tailored recommendations to both employers and employees to increase productivity and workplace well-being.

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