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Absenteeism’s Ugly Cousin Presenteeism. Are You Fully Present at Work?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 01 Apr 2014

Is everyone fully present in your workplace? April is Stress Awareness month, so it might pay to be aware of absenteeism’s ugly cousin, presenteeism: employees not working at top performance because they are either stressed out or sick. According to one study commissioned by Desjardins Financial Services, 83% of workers show up at work sick or exhausted!  Ouch!  That seems outrageously high to me, but even if those numbers are out of whack, a Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine study found that presenteeism is a bigger and more costly problem than absenteeism!  (Is this stressing you out?) 

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