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Presenteeism: A new word for working when sick
Date:11/17/2011

t their jobs also engaged in more presenteeism. "Presentees felt a compulsion to attend despite illness," says Johns.

When absence is frowned upon

According to this and previous studies, presenteeism is more frequent when people face job insecurity and impermanent job status. Absenteeism, however, is more elevated in unionized work settings or when unemployment is low.

Organizations, employers and human resources departments have traditionally examined ways to curb absenteeism, but have paid little attention to presenteeism. "Estimating the cost of absenteeism is more tangible than counting the impact of presenteeism," says Johns. "Yet a worker's absence or presence during illness can have both costs and benefits for constituents."


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