Absence Minded: Addressing Presenteeism

DMEC Staff@Work

Addressing Presenteeism-Related Issues with Your Employees

By Leigh Stepan


By Michael Klachefsky


Today’s employees have significant responsibilities on and off the job that impact their ability to focus on their work. Family obligations, financial complexities, and health-related concerns are just a few of many competing priorities distracting them from their work.

Presenteeism is “the loss of productivity that occurs when an employee is physically present at work but is not fully functional or productive.” Presenteeism can cost an estimated 7% to 13% of payroll.1

When employees have issues that cause them to feel like things are out of their control, they can find it hard to concentrate and may experience fatigue, anxiety, and depression, which can result in burnout and more.

What can an employer do about it? The answer is not simple. The issues come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and so do the answers. But there may be a central repository for many of the solutions: the employee assistance program (EAP).

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