Sickness presenteeism: measurement and management challenges

Whysall, Z. ORCID: 0000-0001-5833-9486, Bowden, J. and Hewitt, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-7036-3451, 2018. Sickness presenteeism: measurement and management challenges. Ergonomics, 61 (3), pp. 341-354. ISSN 0014-0139

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Since work can be restorative to health, attending work when unwell should not be viewed as an inherently negative phenomenon. However, the functional benefits are likely to depend on the health condition, and the psychosocial quality of the work provided. The current study used a workforce survey to explore differences in the pattern of presenteeism and absenteeism by health condition, the association of psychosocial work factors with presenteeism compared to absenteeism, and their interaction to predict health. Findings indicate that instead of substituting absenteeism for presenteeism, the two tend to coincide, but the balance differs by health condition. Presenteeism is more likely to occur in poorer psychosocial environments, reinforcing the importance of ensuring work is designed and managed in ways that are beneficial rather than detrimental to health. The findings also highlight the methodological importance of differentiating between the act and impact of presenteeism in future research and practice.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Ergonomics
Creators: Whysall, Z., Bowden, J. and Hewitt, M.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2018
Volume: 61
Number: 3
ISSN: 0014-0139
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 22 Aug 2017 15:21
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 03:00

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