Coronavirus impacts on absenteeism and presenteeism


Coronavirus impacts on absenteeism and presenteeism

Absenteeism costs Australian businesses and the economy $44 billion per year whilst presenteeism takes a $34 billion toll.

Absenteeism is costly to Australian businesses and the economy at $44 billion per year and costs another $34 billion per year for presenteeism; employees not being able to fully function at work due to illness.

Dr. Scott Allison, Director, Workplace Medicine Australia, said, “the introduction of COVID-19, on top of the usual cold and flu type sickness we see in the workplace, puts businesses and the Australian economy at even greater risk."

Workplace Medicine Australia operates alongside Australian businesses to ensure workplaces are safe. They are urging larger businesses to leverage technology and medical expertise to mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak.

"As businesses across Australia commence their usual operations following a period of forced shutdown or working from home, ensuring a safe and healthy workplace is more important than ever," said Dr Allison. 

“There is a sense of concern amongst employers and employees alike, regarding a second-wave outbreak of COVID-19. Screening for illness in the workplace is essential to keep up the great progress we’ve made and maintain a safe workplace environment.”

“Australia has seen multiple cases of employees entering the workplace whilst infected with COVID-19, forcing entire organisations and buildings to quarantine employees and close down for extended periods.”

Dr. Allison said, “our platform uses confidential and secure thermal body scanning technology to detect and support employees who present in the workplace with a fever or possible respiratory tract infection, therefore identifying early signs of major health concerns such as COVID-19 or influenza.”

“Employees that have been identified as being at risk of infection receive an immediate, private video consultation with a doctor, who will arrange testing and further action as appropriate.”

“Importantly, we provide confidential aggregated data to the employer, enabling customised metrics to suit the organisation’s reporting needs. This helps employers create a well-informed plan to manage their individual absenteeism and presenteeism concerns.”

The confidential service utilises best practice medical protocols, as set out by the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) and Australian Government approved COVID-19 testing processes. 
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