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Impact on employee productivity from presenteeism and absenteeism: evidence from a multinational firm in Sri Lanka

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Abstract


  • Objective: This study examines the effects of 13 psychological and physical health conditions

    on work productivity.

    Methods: One hundred fifty-two staff at the headquarters of a Sri Lankan multinational firm

    completed a questionnaire asking whether they experienced 13 health conditions common in

    workplaces, and about absenteeism and presenteeism that they attributed to these conditions.

    Results: Most respondents (85.5%) reported absenteeism, presenteeism or both. Among those

    reporting symptoms of a health condition, 57.6% reported losing days due to absenteeism, and

    69.5% reported losing additional days due to presenteeism. Among those caring for a sick adult

    or child, 57.3% reported losing days due to absenteeism, and 36.5% reported losing additional

    days due to presenteeism. Overall productivity loss was about 10.43 days each year, 3.95% of

    employee capacity, equating to about SLR 8 million (US$54,421) for all headquarters

    employees.

    Conclusions: The health conditions’ effects on productivity significantly increased employee

    costs.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Fernando, M., Caputi, P. & Ashbury, F. (2017). Impact on employee productivity from presenteeism and absenteeism: evidence from a multinational firm in Sri Lanka. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Online First 1-6.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85020458202

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2206&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1199

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 6

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Objective: This study examines the effects of 13 psychological and physical health conditions

    on work productivity.

    Methods: One hundred fifty-two staff at the headquarters of a Sri Lankan multinational firm

    completed a questionnaire asking whether they experienced 13 health conditions common in

    workplaces, and about absenteeism and presenteeism that they attributed to these conditions.

    Results: Most respondents (85.5%) reported absenteeism, presenteeism or both. Among those

    reporting symptoms of a health condition, 57.6% reported losing days due to absenteeism, and

    69.5% reported losing additional days due to presenteeism. Among those caring for a sick adult

    or child, 57.3% reported losing days due to absenteeism, and 36.5% reported losing additional

    days due to presenteeism. Overall productivity loss was about 10.43 days each year, 3.95% of

    employee capacity, equating to about SLR 8 million (US$54,421) for all headquarters

    employees.

    Conclusions: The health conditions’ effects on productivity significantly increased employee

    costs.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Fernando, M., Caputi, P. & Ashbury, F. (2017). Impact on employee productivity from presenteeism and absenteeism: evidence from a multinational firm in Sri Lanka. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Online First 1-6.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85020458202

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2206&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/1199

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 6

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United States