Huge savings potential available
The follow-up costs of presentism have a huge savings potential overall. While the cost of absenteeism due to illness amounts to € 1,197 per employee, the costs of presentee-related costs are € 2,394, according to the study, which surveyed 24 companies of different sizes. Together, they cause annual economic costs of nine percent of gross domestic product (GDP). That corresponds to around 225 billion euros.
Investing in occupational health care is worthwhile
These costs can be significantly reduced by the full recovery at home. The company health care in the company is not to be underestimated, because it gives companies real strategic competitive advantages. Every euro invested in occupational pension provision could, according to the study, reduce the economic costs incurred by between five and 16 euros. These savings are achieved primarily by reducing sick days and reducing medical costs. At company level too, internal health care could pay off, as the follow-up costs of presenteeism are avoided.
Health services should be better networked
Many companies recognize the benefits of company pension plans and wish for equality of company doctors with family doctors. The companies themselves can play an important role in creating good health awareness among employees. Because that depends to a large extent on the importance that the employer attaches to the well-being of all. In addition, companies should better network their health services, offering ergonomic workplaces and fitness training as well as flexible working time models and continuing education courses. Another form is occupational health insurance (BKV), which offers private supplementary insurance for employees.
Companies need incentives
However, the expected savings are too low for some companies or they do not believe in occupational health care. However, in the face of skyrocketing health care costs, policymakers and companies are called upon to develop new models that make health care more attractive in the workplace as well. Tax concessions would be an incentive for companies to expand their internal health care.