Manufacture Your Day by REFLECTING ON PRESENTEEISM
I think now it is a good time to talk about presenteeism.
Many people in management focus on absenteeism and turnover but very few talk about presenteeism.
Presenteeism is the act of showing up to work sick, injured, overly fatigued, extremely stressed or otherwise not operating at normal levels of productivity. Research has shown that presenteeism is an often unaddressed issue that can be very costly for any company.
Right now many managers are faced with the important decision if their staff should work from home or not.
This is challenging because it requires 3 things from a Manager:
- Letting go of control
- Mental flexibility
The biggest misconception is that people who are physically in the building are actually mentally present, productive and engaged in what they do.
Many managers and employees have actually never heard about the term presenteeism and I do my best to educate people what this term actually means.
If you think that the job is priority number 1 during times of coping with
- the coronavirus epidemic,
- going through a divorce,
- having a sick child at home,
- having a teenager with a drug or alcohol problem,
- domestic abuse,
- losing a loved one,
- a dying parent,
- personal health challenges,
- financial difficulties,
I encourage you to think again.
The most common reason why people come to work while they are sick or have other serious challenges is because they either feel guilty or they are fearful of losing their job.
Other signs of presenteeism could be:
- Workaholism – not knowing when to stop.
- Self-esteem and work performance are connected.
- Lack of exercise and poor diet.
- Workers who need the money and feel they can’t afford to take time off from work, even when sick.
- A workplace where being present is expected no matter what.
- High levels of stress or tremendous physical workload.
- Trying to compensate low emotional fulfillment with money or material things.
- Lack of work-life balance or truly disliking the job.
In order to notice presenteeism a manager has to be…
- present and aware what to look for.
- empathetic and sincere.
- a role model.
I observe so many people in manufacturing companies who put on a facade because they try really hard to be someone they are not.
Be aware! Authenticity is key to be at your best!
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