The table below illustrates the relationship between the daily effort employees who took our survey reported (their self-reported productivity) and the study's scales that are key predictors for employee productivity, costs, opportunity, and risk. Many employees reported that they went to work and only put in 50 per cent or less effort on a daily basis, which is known as presenteeism -- at work but not being productive. We've used the data from the Your Life at Work Survey, done by The Globe and Mail and Howatt HR Consulting, to calculate the Cost of Doing Nothing (CODN) per full-time-equivalent employee. This table looks at the dollar value you can put to that lack of effort, and from our survey the estimated tally was $97-million based on the salary ranges respondents reported. Note: Any employees who stated they put forth 100 per cent effort on average day are not included in this analysis.
Instructions: Compare the 30 to 70 per cent rows against the 80 to 90 per cent rows. It shows that those with strong coping skills have better engagement and health scores. The higher the number the greater the degree of risk.
(N= the number of employees in each level)
Self-Reported Productivity and Index Relationships
Most employers want all employees to put forth a minimum of 80 per cent of their best effort daily.
Total population in this analysis 7,295, and 1,368 reported to put forth 100 per cent effort daily.
If this group was one company the CODN provides context for employers to consider the cost of doing nothing. This is not just a one-time cost it is a YOY cost.
The 97-million CODN number represents opportunity lost. It does not include health costs, and management time. This provides a lens for employers to be mindful of the costs associated with employee health.
Note the lower the employee self-reported productivity the lower their coping skills, the higher their overall risk.