Presenteeism: A new word for working when sick

Presenteeism, or attending work when ill, isn’t always a productive option, according to researchers from Concordia’s John Molson School of Business.

Depending on individuals and their roles within an organisation, sick employees can be present in body and not in spirit, while others can be ill and fully functional.

Caregivers and people working in early education report higher rates of presenteeism compared with people from other fields because they feel socially obligated to attend work despite illness. Other employees feel organisational pressure to attend work despite medical discomfort.

Read more at Journal of Occupational Health Psychology