“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.
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2. Build Connections Across Teams