For a while now, presenteeism has been on the rise. A complex issue to combat, it sees many employees feel the need to continue working while unwell, during their evenings and weekends – even on holiday. It’s a problem that many HR managers have attempted to tackle, but still, it continues to escalate. So much so, that over eight in ten (86%) respondents to a recent survey said they had observed presenteeism in the workplace throughout 2019, in comparison with just over a quarter (26%) a decade ago.
Enter the virtual workplace. The opportunity to work remotely brings with it the temptation, or perhaps feeling of pressure, to log on at any time, leading to a mutated form of what is already a very prevalent issue: e-presenteeism.
It’s a problem across the board, in all businesses and at all levels. So much so that as many as three-quarters of HR managers are worried that e-presenteeism could negatively impact employees’ mental health, leading to feelings of stress, burnout and anxiety. And it’s only being accentuated by the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, most of us (86%) are feeling the pressure to over-perform right now, with four fifths (79%) of HR managers believing that it’s down to a lack of distinction between work and home life.