This study examines the effects of 13 psychological and physical health conditions on work productivity.
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 their related absenteeism and presenteeism.
Most respondents (85.5%) reported absenteeism, presenteeism, or both. Among those reporting a health condition, 57.6% reported losing days due to absenteeism, and 69.5% reported losing additional days 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 10.43 days each year, 3.95% of employee capacity, equating to about Sri Lanka Rupees 8 million (US$54,421) for all headquarters employees.
The health conditions’ effects on productivity significantly increased employee costs.
School of Management, Operations and Marketing, Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia (Dr Fernando); School of Psychology, Faculty of Social Science, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia (Drs Caputi, Ashbury); and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Dr Ashbury).
Address correspondence to: Mario Fernando, PhD, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Gwynville, NSW2522, Australia (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors have no conflicts of interest and did not receive any sources of funding.