November 23, 2009
Presenteeism ~the gift that you didn’t ask for but can’t find a way to return ~
As the holiday season is upon us, besides being labeled as the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the onslaught of cold and flu season. Despite being ill, many people continue to come to work. This is often due to feelings of job insecurity or lack of paid sick leave.
What is Presenteeism? Sadly, it’s not a present. Unless you consider bestowing your presence at work a gift to others. Presenteeism is the complement of absenteeism. You’re at work~ but not fully engaged due to personal and life issue distractions.
These distractions could be your own sickness or concerns about other family or friend’s health or wellbeing. Or focusing on things you think you ‘should be doing’ rather than work. All resulting in limited productivity.
To combat presenteeism due to illness, the best medicine is prevention. Taking care of your health by ensuring you’re getting enough rest, eating healthy and exercising. Or taking off time when your body needs it. Remember that you can’t take care of your loved ones or prepare for the holidays if you aren’t caring for yourself.
Although my heroine, Celeste, from That Magic Moment encounters other issues with being present in the moment. As a witch and a healer, she’s not bothered with the pesky illnesses that we mortals endure. Instead she’s distracted by a gorgeous man. Something most would welcome over a cold or flu. So why is she so bothered? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out. As a Faery Rosette from The Wild Rose Press, it’s the perfect length to fit in between naps if you’re catching up on rest, or to provide sweet dreams before bedtime.
The gift I wish for all of you is that of good health, joyous holidays and blissful escapes into the world that exists within the pages of a good story.
Also the gift I'll provide today is that of a five dollar Starbucks gift card and a copy of THAT MAGIC MOMENT to a randomly chosen commenter today.
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