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Presenteeism: Present in Body, Not Mind

Successful businesses will need to find innovative solutions to prevent absenteeism and lack of employee engagement

*The term “presenteeism” was coined by Professor Cary Cooper, a psychologist specializing in organizational management at Manchester University in the U.K.

While absence and disability management has been the focus for organizations in recent years, companies now need to consider broader health and productivity issues in the workplace as a business priority to stay competitive, according to the results of Watson Wyatt’s 2005 Canadian Staying@Work study. “Successful organizations need their employees on the job and productively engaged,” according to the survey summary.

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