Presenteeism: the missing piece
of the productivity puzzle?

11am, 15 September 2021 – Webinar

Productivity in Aotearoa New Zealand is considerably lower than in other OECD countries — despite working longer hours on average — according to the New Zealand Productivity Commission.

In this webinar Umbrella Wellbeing, along with our expert panel, will explore presenteeism (being at work whilst physically or mentally unwell) and how it operates undercover as the hidden piece in the productivity puzzle for organisations.

According to Business NZ and Deloitte UK, the resulting productivity impact of presenteeism is 4 to 6 times higher than absenteeism. This makes it a $7.2 to $10.8 billion problem for New Zealand businesses. However, because presenteeism is not routinely measured by organisations, we can’t know how much each business is losing due to it, who is suffering or the best way to solve the problem. Ask yourself these questions – in my last board report was I able to include a metric showing lost performance due to presenteeism? Do I know what steps to take to improve the issue?

We suggest that evidence-based measurement is the crucial first step to addressing presenteeism, followed by informed and decisive action. Once organisations know the size and form of the problem, it creates an opportunity to improve productivity and wellbeing. In this webinar, we will outline the information you need to understand presenteeism in your organisation and steps you can take to improve this metric.

Following a short presentation, we will invite Q and A with our expert panel.

Wednesday 15th September 11am.


How can we help you?

Robust evidence from academic and business case studies link employee resilience and wellbeing with improved employee engagement, creativity and innovation, talent retention and organisational productivity.
In our experience also we can improve business productivity by strengthening the resilience and wellbeing of employees. We partner with our clients in Auckland and Wellington and NZ-wide to design the most effective programs and demonstrate improved business outcomes for them.