HRO Today April 2016 - 44

Workforce Management
GCC's 12-month health
and performance
program helps
employees improve
their relationship
with exercise,
nutrition, sleep, and
psychological wellbeing.
On average,
each participant
gained the equivalent
of 10 days lost time.
Those with the worst
presenteeism levels
before the program
improved the most.
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HRO TODAY MAGAZINE | APRIL 2016
First, not all employees will want to share their personal
issues with their manager and may consider it an
infringement of their privacy.
Second, it becomes rapidly impractical-and potentially
inappropriate-to keep close tabs on every detail of a
large team.
However, GCC's study found that there is a simple
way to circumvent presenteeism and go straight to a
solution that works for everyone-without having to
get personal. The study identified a strong correlation
between an employee's well-being (a composite of sleep,
stress, and happiness responses) and presenteeism. As
well-being increases, presenteeism decreases.
A critical element is a good work-life balance. But an
employer cannot mandate employees into more balanced
lives. But with the right approach, organizations can
engage and support them in life changes that will
instill renewed personal responsibility, self-belief, and
increased resilience.
Studies show presenteeism responds well to short term
action that tackles the underlying issues of sleep, stress,
and happiness in creative ways. GCC's 12-month health
and performance program, for example, helps employees
improve their relationship with exercise, nutrition, sleep,
and psychological well-being-all of which had a positive
effect on reducing presenteeism. On average, each
employee who participated in the program gained the
equivalent of 10 days lost time, and those who had the
worst presenteeism levels before the program improved
the most.
Employers must start prioritizing under-performance
over absenteeism. Organizations need to create a culture
where employees feel empowered to make smart choices
that help them maintain balance in their lives and
become more productive. Having happier, healthier, less
stressed employees is not only a great human outcome,
it'll provide direct benefits to the business as well.
Dr. David Batman is chief medical officer at Global Corporate
Challenge.

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