Health insurer Vitality runs an annual survey, Britain's Healthiest Workplace, involving 167 organisations and 32,000 staff. The aim is to understand and tackle poor health and wellbeing across the UK workforce. Vitality has found that more than 40% of employees said their work was being affected by health problems - a figure that's risen by a third over the last five years. It found that people are putting aside both mental and physical health problems to attend work.
Presenteeism is a clear and accelerating trend. It's just one of a number of studies which have come to the same conclusion.
In its recent annual Health and Well-Being at Work Survey Report the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) also found evidence of unhealthy trends in the workplace. The CIPD said more than four-fifths (83%) of its respondents had observed presenteeism in their organisation, and a quarter (25%) said the problem had got worse since the previous year.
But is the concern about the employee or work performance?
Productivity is the main driver of long-term economic growth and living standards. But our workers aren't anything like as efficient as they should be.
"Workplace stress and mental wellbeing has a massive impact. We believe presenteeism is the key issue to Britain's productivity problem, where people are at work and not performing in an optimal way," Vitality's chief executive Neville Koopwitz says.