Busy Bees Benefits: How can you reduce presenteeism?

Presenteeism is when employees are physically present in the workplace but due to physical illness, stress or mental health issues, they may be less productive, engaged or motivated.

Following the coronavirus pandemic and with increased numbers working from home, presenteeism is a serious issue that should be addressed.

The first step to tackling presenteeism is asking yourself whether your organisation’s employee benefits package is doing anything to prevent it. Do your employees have access to a support system to help with stress? Is your sick pay programme up to scratch?

The next step is to provide answers to the questions. Perhaps you could consider offering an employee assistance programme or income protection.

The third step is to communicate effectively with your employees. Find out more on how to do this in “how to tackle presenteeism in the workplace”.