By Marcia Carruthers, MBA, ARM, CPDM
Given the extreme pressure on human resource professionals in the current corporate climate to preserve and retain qualified employees, never has the push to keep employees on the job been more urgent. Considerable research and effort has been expended into quantifying the effects of lost productivity in terms of presenteeism, but the other part of the health and productivity equation that is equally important lies in the measurement and management of absence and disability. What better an indicator of a “sick culture” or the effectiveness of health management, than the incidence of disability and absence in the workplace? Taking this a step further, if we can identify and manage the disability, we are then promoting and preserving productivity and health in our employees.
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