Employees at work but unwell: what's the cost to your business?
Have you ever encountered unwell staff coming into work instead of recovering at home? This issue of presenteeism is an increasing problem within small businesses. In a 2017 survey, 86% of respondents said they had witnessed presenteeism in their organisations over the previous 12 months. That’s up from the 2016 figure of 72%.
The stats for leaveism – where employees work when they shouldn’t – also reveal cause for concern. Three-fifths of small businesses report that staff complete work outside of contracted hours and two-fifths use allocated holidays and other time off to cover their illnesses.
The data shows a workforce struggling to find the downtime we all need to maintain our wellbeing. And in small businesses, where teams may be compact, the consequences of poor employee wellbeing can be far-reaching.
That’s why at Bupa, we believe in having an open dialogue with businesses to ensure employee wellbeing is understood and well-managed. We’ve spoken to small businesses to get their thoughts on the issue and its impact on productivity. Here’s what one small business had to say: