CuraLinc used the Stanford Presenteeism Scale-6 (SPS-6) to assess the relationship between presenteeism, health problems and productivity for employees who participated in the employee assistance program (EAP). The SPS-6 measures an employee's perception of his or her ability to overcome the distraction of current physical and/or psychological problems in order to handle job stress, complete tasks, achieve goals and maintain sufficient focus and energy levels. The SPS-6 employs a Likert Scale to record responses, ranging from ‘Strongly Disagree’ (1) to ‘Strongly Agree’ (5). The maximum score of the six-question set is 30.
2,558 program participants completed the SPS-6 during the initial assessment, 435 of whom also completed the questionnaire again 30 days post-treatment. From among those who completed the questionnaire after 30 days, the average SPS-6 score increased from 19.20 to 25.72, a gain of 6.52.
During the initial assessment, over 31% of EAP participants reported low presenteeism, which is loosely defined as one who is physically present in their job, but may experience decreased productivity and sub-standard work quality due to their behavioral health concern.
Over 86% of employees reported high productivity after using the EAP, compared to just over 49% during the initial clinical assessment.
After participating with the EAP, the percentage of employees who reported low presenteeism dropped from 31.49% to 4.60%.
73% of participants with low or moderate productivity migrated to high productivity after using the EAP.