Living a life coping with the ambiguous loss from forced absence is extremely hard. Simple tasks can prove increasingly difficult. Then you tag on depression, and anxeity, and you throw not sleeping into the mix, you’ve got a pretty crappy exsistence.
However, you have to carry on. You have a partner, you have bills to pay, so you dig down deep, you suck it up, and you do your absolute best to live life.
Sometimes however, things get a little too much. The World Health Organisation stated that :-
Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.
The World Health Organisation also stated in 2016 that :-
Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$1 trillion each year
These days you’ve not only got the lengthy sick days/weeks or even months from those taking time off work with depression. you’ve now also got ….. PRESENTEEISM.
Presenteeism is an increasingly common issue that affects all types of workplaces.
In fact, it’s often cited as the biggest threat to workplace productivity, and is characterised by tired, unmotivated and sick employees who turn up to work regardless of how bad they’re feeling.
The cost of presenteeism is high, as not only does it cause productivity to drop and monetary takings to decrease, but it also adversely affects workplace morale, health, and safety.
So as an employer, what can you do ??
Well one thing you can do is take another look at the brochure
Would your organisation benefit ?? Would an Absent account be hugely beneficial to your employees ??
Families are the basis of society, and by helping rebuild those relationships, everyone can prosper.
Impact investing in social entrepreneurship can help you to build a reputation as a responsible business, which can in turn lead to competitive advantage. Companies often favour suppliers who have responsible policies, since this can reflect on how their customers see them. Some customers don’t just prefer to deal with responsible companies – they insist on it. Being a responsible, sustainable business may make it easier to recruit new employees or retain existing ones. Employees may be motivated to stay longer, thus reducing the costs and disruption of recruitment and retraining.
By acting in a sustainable, responsible way, employers may also find it easier to:
- access finance – investors are more likely to back a reputable business
- attract positive media attention – eg when backing new social ventures
- reduce regulatory burden – good relationships with local authorities can often make doing business easier
- identify new business opportunities – eg for development of new products or services
If you wish to discuss, then please get in touch and we would be delighted to go into further details