Friday, September 18, 2009

Migraines Cause Lost Productivity Whether Employees Come to Work or Stay Home


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According to studies presented at the International Headache Congress last week in Philadelphia, employees who try to work through a migraine attack may be so much less productive on the job that their employers would lose less money if they stayed home. Further, employees with chronic migraines were four times less productive than employees with episodic migraines.

Going to Work With a Migraine? New Study Says Productivity is Same as Staying Home

The pressure to show up at work regardless of how you feel is enormous for anyone with a chronic illness, but I think it is even worse for those of us with misunderstood conditions like migraine disease. Who knew we were doing more harm than good by showing up rather than just staying home? Unfortunately most employers don't know this and would be reluctant to acknowledge it.

Businesses lose somewhere between $20 and $31 billion a year to lost productivity, absenteeism and medical expenses.
The real cost of migraines is most likely higher than estimated because so many people go undiagnosed. Obviously this is nothing compared to the pain and disability experienced by individual migraineurs, but by drawing attention to the costs borne by society as a whole we may have better luck trying to increase funding for research of migraine and headache disorders.

Sources:
Facts About Migraine
Migraines Reduce Workplace Productivity
Going to Work With a Migraine? New Study Says Productivity is Same as Staying Home

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