Absenteeism is a well-understood subject in HR and payroll circles, with
savvy business managers mostly equipped to deal with this common workplace
However, the problem of ‘presenteeism’ is not so well known or
understood as it does not get a lot of attention. Presenteeism is defined as
the problem of employees attending work while still sick; the definition can sometimes
be extended to mean attending work while not being engaged or productive.
Presenteeism is usually associated with workaholics but can also occur due to extreme
job demands, or the employee’s fear of losing their job.
Consequences of presenteeism include lost productivity, poor health and
exhaustion, workplace accidents caused by fatigued or ill workers, and even workplace
epidemics such as office flu outbreaks.
A good manager should be able to assess each particular job or task independently,
evaluate its success or profitability, determine the relative productivity of
each employee, and establish whether ‘presenteeism’ issues are at play in the
For instance, if it takes five employees ten hours to finish a
particular job while another team of five employees is able to achieve the same
results in five hours, it would be a good time for the manager to investigate
whether the lower productivity was caused by inadequate training, lack of
teamwork, or an issue of presenteeism.
The Mitrefinch employee time and attendance system will enable employers
to monitor and record each employee’s work history including when they started or
finished work, and also what jobs they have worked on and for how long
throughout their day. All this data can be fed into the manager’s dashboard of
information to provide insights on production and productivity.