A new discovery was announced this week about crocodiles. It is a terrifying thought that crocodiles never fully sleep. There is always one half of their brain active keeping an eye out for anything that might catch them out. Apparently it’s called ‘unihemispheric sleep’. But what is more terrifying for employers and managers is that a good proportion of their own staff are capable of sitting in their office with only half their brain functioning keeping an eye out for anyone catching them out.
There are big statistics available to tell us that absenteeism costs UK business a huge sum – £1.24 bn annually. But ‘presenteeism’: showing up for work but not being engaged with what you do, costs business 6 times that amount.
It is time to truly engage people in what they do. Help them to perform at their best. Not let them pass their days at work in some zombie like state. Here are 6 ways to address this:
A lot of time and investment is taken to recruit staff. A lot of concern is expressed over absenteeism. But right under the noses of our managers, there are staff deep in ‘unihemispheric sleep’. Beware the crocodiles who lurk in your office.
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