We’ve all demonstrated some level of presenteeism at work at some point in our jobs. For many of us these are short-lived periods of time when we are not as productive as we usually are due to a variety of reasons. For others, periods of presenteeism can be longer-lasting if the cause goes unaddressed.
How many hours a day do you spend at work? Out of your total number of hours, think about your level of productivity. Were you focused and productive for all those hours? How many hours did you spend perusing the internet? How many hours did you spend thinking about your evening plans? Or being anxious about your afternoon presentation? Staring at a blank page/screen wishing you were in your bed because you feel sick? These questions bring us to the topic of presenteeism – the act of physically attending work, but not being mentally present.
What do you look for in a new hire? Likely, you are looking for someone who is:
- Hard working
- Good attendance record
- Talent and unique skills
According to this article from the Globe and Mail, these are employer-highlighted qualities of employees with disabilities. People with disabilities have many positive skills to contribute to the workplace that can ultimately increase productivity and reduce costs associated with turnover, presenteeism and absenteeism.