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Are you familiar with presenteeism?


I came across the article “Presenteeism – the UK’s biggest threat to productivity?” (May 30, 2018, Wanda Rich, www.globalbankingandfinance.com) I do concede that it was of particular interest as I’d not come across the term Presenteeism before, which in the article is described as:

“The issue of employees coming into work while not physically or mentally well, instead of staying home and recuperating.

The term has now been expanded also to include employees who are disengaged in their job — not altogether “present” in their day-to-day work.”

Naturally this is going to be a debatable subject with management having to ensure they strike a fine balance between looking after their employees and hindering productivity. From a managerial perspective a lot of it comes down to establishing trust and respect from staff to ensure they remain committed to the job expected of them.

However, it seems the terms emergence comes as part of a managers failure to keep their employees motivated leading to them becoming disillusioned. The article states the following:

“The reasons people might come into work when sick include:

  • Fears over job security
  • Lack of pay when absent
  • Fear of negative image (employees don’t want to look “lazy” or like they are slacking)
  • A heavy workload

some measures you can take to reduce the problem of presenteeism:

  • Encourage staff to take time off
  • Use working from home to your advantage
  • Review your sick pay policy
  • Find out why your staff are disengaged
  • Incentivise employee wellbeing”

So how is this relevant to us here at Thinking Software?

For those of you not familiar with us here at Thinking Software, we have developed and support our Enterprise Time & Attendance solution, Rota Horizon.

It provides you with the perfect Workforce Management tool to accurately record and monitor employee attendance, make staff planning far easier and communicate employee hours with any form of Payroll Software.

Rota Horizon also seamlessly integrates with the majority of Access Control Manufacturers hardware, more information on those we currently integrate with can be found Here.

With reference to the article being discussed specifically, Rota Horizon is the perfect tool to spot any patterns that are emerging with reference to staff attendance. This makes it the perfect ally for any manger consider a change to company culture with reference to working hours.

Below highlights the year view. This provides the ability to filter different aspects of an employees attendance. As shown in the pictures it is highlighting; when the staff member is working, when they’ve been late and when they’ve left early. You can also filter by any form of absence you have specified within Rota Horizon.


The system also produces over 200 Reports that includes the Time Off and Planned VS Actual Reports. Time Off again highlighting all forms of absence and Planned Vs Actual highlighting the shifts they are meant to work against what time they came and went if they did on each day.

The misconception is that Workforce Management, Time & Attendance software is there to act as Big Brother watching staff but this circumstance highlights it’s not the case. Yes it’s to help keep productivity at it’s maximum but also help shape company culture to keep staff motivated and happy in their roles. When there is correlation with working and hours and productivity, management can recognise this and look to maintain it.

So if you feel you could benefit from a Time & Attendance solution then please do call us on 0800 854 471 or drop us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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