All work but no drive
A NEW workplace scourge called presenteeism is eating at company profits and costing Australian businesses about $6 billion in lost productivity each year, a new study reveals.
While absenteeism is when workers take sick leave for being unwell, presenteeism is when they continue to turn up to work but their productivity and effectiveness is dramatically reduced.
Research published in the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry found depression, anxi- ety and other psychological stresses were the biggest contributors to lost productivity. The study monitored the work of more than 60,000 employees for chronic and acute physical and mental health conditions.
Out of 20 different physical and mental conditions, mental health was found to be the single largest contributor to lost productivity.
University of Queensland professor Harvey Whiteford says the more severe the worker’s mental health issue, the more productivity was lost.