More than 26 million Americans suffer from asthma, with controlled asthmatics still experience symptoms 1 to 3 times per week.  Mild asthma attacks can last for several minutes or up to a few hours, with severe attacks, medical intervention is oftentimes required.  In the U.S. work, related asthma is the leading lung ailment.  It is estimated that 15% of the American workforce suffers from work-related asthma.  According to the American Academy of Allergy & Immunology, allergies play a role in many cases of occupational asthma.  This type of asthma generally develops only after months or years of exposure to a work-related substance; because your body’s immune system needs time to develop allergic antibodies or other immune responses to a particular substance. 

There are many causes of headaches – one of the leading causes at work is poor indoor air quality (IAQ). Frequent contributors to poor IAQ are dust particulates, chemical use, chemical residual odor, carpet odor, mold, mildew, and other pollutants. Poor IAQ is a common trigger for migraines which affect over 38 million Americans, of which 9.5 million experience migraines at least once a week, with 91% reporting they can not function normally during a migraine attack. Migraine attacks last from 4 to 72 hours with chronic suffers experience attacks more than five times per month, yet migraine suffers report missing only two days a year of work resulting in 25 million lost workdays in the U.S.

When considering the impact of presenteeism the United Nations has found that latent failure rates and rework resulting from presenteeism significantly increase the cost to the employer yet, most studies have only focused on the direct loss of productivity.

“80% of employees report suffering from work-related stress, of whom 50% report” they need help with methods to manage the stress.  According to the Mayo clinic: lack of coping skills when confronted with “Chronic stressful life situations can increase the risk of developing depression.”  Health experts are still uncertain about the many ways chronic stress affects us physically.  However, experts agree that chronic stress has a profound impact on certain types of physical illness – including cancer.  Stress hormones can inhibit a process called anoikis, (a process that ensures cells are unable to survive in inappropriate locations; this process kills diseased cells and prevents them from spreading). Chronic stress also increases the production of certain growth factors that can increase the development of cancerous tumors.  73% of workers do not take time off from work even when they feel overwhelmed by stress as they believe missing work will put them further behind and increase their stress level.  This circular reasoning compounds their stress level and further impedes their performance.  Studies show employee productivity losses related to stress equate to over 16 days a year.

A study conducted by Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston for Lockheed Martin Corp, which focused only on the direct productivity losses resulting from presenteeism, found presenteeism to be a 34 million dollar drain on the company.  Allergies and sinus trouble led the pack with the highest losses to the company of $1.8 million.

Reduce Healthcare Cost

As a companion to your wellness program, our ASTEW Matrix expands the focus of your wellnness program from just improving the health of the individual. Too preventing the spread of illness throughout the workplace community, and extending this practice to participating employees’ homes preventing infection in the first place. Last year’s flu season (2017-2018) the CDC reported that 48.8 million people in the U.S. where stricken with the flu. Last year’s flu season resulted in nearly half 22.7 million people to seek medical intervention with the average direct medical cost of the intervention being $946.00 per person. Americans spend over $2.9 billion on over the counter medication for the treatment of the common cold. More than $400 million on prescription medication for symptom relief and a staggering $1.1 billion on antibiotics prescription drugs that do not affect the viral-based illness we know as the common cold. Add to this an estimated 17 billion in hospital and doctor visits, and the adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure takes on new meaning.

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The ASTEW Matrix provides our clients with a comprehensive diminution of environmental bacterial and viral contaminates for high-risk substrates, with a fully recyclable/compostable product delivery system. The Matrix is powered through education, system monitoring, and client sponsored employee promotional programs. We employ the Kaizen philosophy of small, easily implemented change to stimulate the awareness and desire we intuitively share to protect our well-being.

Our service begins with an evaluation process we produce for our clients a comprehensive employee survey that establishes the current level of presenteeism impacting the client company productivity levels.