What Is Presenteeism? Hint–It’s Why Your Company Needs A Wellness Program!

In business, career, corporate, entrepreneur, job, small business, Uncategorized on December 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

What is presenteeism?  Simply, it means coming to work even when ill or distracted by stress, injury, depression, and personal and family responsibilities.

In this challenging economic climate, an unprecedented number of employees are also distracted by financial worries.

In fact, earlier this year, the Organizational Expertise Panel of the Society for Human Resource Management conducted national surveys with managers.  They found that employees spend, on average, 20 hours per month handling financial problems that often take them out of the office.  That’s about 30 percent of a workweek!

Many employers presenteeism to be even worse than its opposite, absenteeism, because it leads to low productivity which, in turn, can result in high hidden costs.

Medical costs can sometimes take up as much as 1/2 of a company’s profits, but an employee wellness program can help cut costs by resulting in:

  • Significant, measurable differences in healthcare spending. In 2010, the Harvard Business Review reported that a study by the Johnson & Johnson leaders estimated that wellness programs cumulatively saved the company $250 million on health care costs over the past decade; from 2002 to 2008, the return was $2.71 for every dollar spent.
  • Greater retention, better morale.  It costs a lot to hire and train employees.  Employees will feel a sense of well-being created by their employers.
  • Possible incentives from insurance companies. Check your provider to see if they offer any inducements.

My corporate workshops give employees the skills to take control of their well-being by deepending their knowledge of nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. Accessible to a wide range of people, the workshops address some of the most common issues, including energy, stress, weight, high blood pressure, nutritional rebalancing, healthy lifestyle choices.

Talk to your resource professional or operations manager today to schedule a consultation with me at: 212-563-2353 or

Irene Ross is also a partner of The Loszach Report.

Loszach offers a comprehensive service to measure employees’ overall health, wellness, and satisfaction–and then offers solutions and recommendations in order to create and sustain positive and productive work environments.


Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is a certified nutrition and wellness coach who helps people alter unhealthy habits so they can bring their lives into balance. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied over 100 dietary theories, lifestyle management techniques and cutting-edge coaching methods with instructors such as Deepak Chopra, MD; Dr. David Katz: Dr. Mark Hyman; Geneen Roth; Dr. Andrew Weil and many others. She received her board certification from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways To Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, she also writes a popular pet wellness blog:

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