Throughout our Productivity Insight series, The Standard has explored a new take on the benefits discussion. There is more than what meets the eye when it comes to the impact employee health has on an organization; employers need to realize that the costs of health-related lost productivity can well exceed the costs of poor employee health.
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Recent statistics show that in addition to economic sluggishness and fewer jobs for American employees, the Great Recession also has contributed to an increased incidence of employee disability claims. Employers are doing more with less due to the economy, which, in turn, is taking a toll on employees. Larger workloads and longer hours often cause employees stress or even health issues.
As I mentioned in my first post, “Part One: Understanding Presenteeism,” getting a handle on the hidden costs of presenteeism, such as costs associated with lost productivity, continues to challenge employers for many reasons.
Can you imagine driving your car without mirrors? Not only would it be difficult to see your blind spots it also could be quite dangerous.
When it comes to mental health in our culture, there continues to be a stigma around admitting you are experiencing symptoms and/or seeking treatment. But the truth is we all have blind spots when it comes to recognizing psychiatric symptoms. As an employer there are ways to assist your employees in getting the help they need.