Dr Maze

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regular comment for managers on workplace health issues

Presenteeism and Poor Productivity

One of the unintended side-effects of a strong attendance policy is that employees may come to work when they really shouldn’t. Productivity falls, safety breaches and near misses rise, the employee may not concentrate on his work and may even resent the fact that he is in work.

Robert E. Sterling M.D. has several brief, but good articles which I’m referencing below. I wouldn’t endorse all he says, but these articles are worth referring to.

A Conundrum  http://tinyurl.com/6yr6bf

<blockquote>Your most important resource is your employee. Your greatest single expense is your employee. Your greatest potential for revenue enhancement is through your employees. Your greatest risk for sudden loss of revenue is through your employees. WHY THESE POLARITIES? Many of these polarities are due to health, mood, psychological, attitudinal, and alertness issues that affect productivity that you …</blockquote>

Do You Know The Value Of Your Healthcare Dollars?  http://tinyurl.com/5zp6hr

<blockquote>Business is complicated enough with employers trying to wring out as much productivity from their employees prior to upsizing. It is therefore crucial, in seeking productivity gains to target healthcare expenditures. But where exactly is the nexus between health and productivity to be found? The location is easy to find if you know where to look. A worker is said to be productive if he is at w…</blockquote>

The currency is irrelevant, the isssues are the same, wherever you are.

Health Promotion & Productivity  http://tinyurl.com/6ewm7h

<blockquote>It is a rare instance when what will benefit employees (EE) also will benefit employers (ER). This happy union occurs, as recent research has found, when preventive health programs preempt the onset of disease or control disease symptoms, to the benefit of EE and ER alike. A growing body of evidence has linked worker productivity with worker health. Of particular importance is the recognition that …</blockquote>

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