Work Productivity and Employee Health: The Role of Absenteeism and Presenteeism

Posted: 12/01/2010

To enable employers to create and maintain a positive work environment that includes a healthy and engaged population, companies must look deeper to really determine the level of health in their employee population as it relates to the productivity of their workforce. Looking at absenteeism and presenteeism within the employee population at the Veterans Health Administration helped to determine where the organization needed to focus its wellness initiatives as well as the implications to healthcare costs.

In this session recorded at IQPC's 2nd Corporate Health and Wellness Summit in Chicago in June 2010, Dr. Ebi Awosika, Director Employee Health Promotion Disease Prevention, of the U.S. Veterans Health Administration, explains how to:

  • Effectively measure the impact of absenteeism and presenteeism within an organization

  • Relate absenteeism and presenteeism to:

    • Lost work productivity

    • Increased overall costs

  • Develop solutions and programs to address concerns regarding absenteeism and presenteeism

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