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3 Methods to tackle presenteeism in your organisation

To learn what triggers presenteeism and why rates are rising in the UK generally read this article.

Below we’ll take you through the 3 major methods you can adopt to reduce instances of presenteeism in your organisation.  


1. Establish 2-Way Communication


2-way communication

“In order to encourage a healthy workplace, organisations need to look beyond sickness absence rates alone and develop a solid, evidence-based understanding of the underlying causes of work-related stress and unhealthy behaviour like presenteeism. Without this evidence base, efforts to support employees and improve their health and well-being will be short-lived.” – CIPD, 2018. 

To truly solve presenteeism in your own workforce you need to understand what the triggers are. By developing 2-way communication within your workforce that allows people at all levels to communicate effectively then it becomes much clearer how best to proceed. This goes for any issue you are experiencing in your organisation, not just presenteeism. 

Examples of 2-way communication in the workplace:

  • Run surveys to ask for people’s feedback.
  • Hold events to share news from the leadership team and allow time for a question and answer session.
  • Start a company-wide newsletter that anyone can contribute to.

The engage4 platform offers a number of tools that are designed to foster real 2-way communication. From gentle nudges with the Check-In Pulse, to a social platform that helps all individuals connect via a Community News Feed to a robust survey tool that makes it easier to get instant feedback from your people. 

Click here to find out more about engage4’s communication tools. 


2. Build Connections Across Teams



Humans are social beings. We crave contact and connection with other people. 

‘Strong social connections make people happier and healthier which results in improved work performance’ – Forbes 2018. 

It’s about more than just getting along with those we work with. We spend the majority of our time at work, so it naturally falls that our work relationships can either positively or negatively impact our stress levels, productivity and general feelings of happiness. 

‘Employers who support social connections in the workplace and help employees form strong relationships with one another help build a successful workforce’ – Forbes 2018.

Examples of building connections in the workplace:

  • Build a basic social calendar for the workforce to encourage socialising between departments and teams. 
  • Empower teams to organise their own social events.
  • Encourage collaboration in work practices as much as possible.

The engage4 platform empowers teams and individuals to create events, groups, and challenges which are all shared via the Community News Feed. This feature makes it easy to share news and encouragement across organisations of any size and gives everyone the same opportunities for socialising. 


3. Focus On Employee Wellbeing


employee wellbeing

A survey conducted by the CIPD in 2018 into health and well-being at work, found that in instances where senior leadership had taken action to help improve their employee’s wellbeing, there were reductions in unhealthy workplace practices including presenteeism and leavism. 

Set an example for your people, lead the charge and motivate them to look after themselves. Make self-care a more tangible part of your workplace culture whether that be through offering free yoga classes before work, or a healthier selection of food in the staff canteen, don’t forget the power you have to make changes for your staff.  

Examples of improving employee wellbeing in the workplace:

  • Educate your staff to recognise the early signs of stress and how to self-manage that before it becomes a bigger issue.
  • Encourage people to take the stairs rather than use the lift.
  • Offer free fruit in the office.

Engage4 gives employers the ability to promote self-care and wellbeing through an interactive Microlearning platform. The Microlearning tool enables organisations to tackle big topics in a bitesize format. Leaders can share health and wellness-focused content through the platform to help people recognise and manage conditions such as stress and anxiety. 


Click here to find out more about engage4’s unique toolset to combat presenteeism.  

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