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Persistent presenteeism

In Brief: Persistent presenteeism

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Presenteeism is when people either work longer than usual or turn up to work when certainly ill. The act of presentism is to show your employer that you are a hard worker. Almost half of UK office workers asked said that they didn’t take a single sick day. Reasons for why ranged from, not wanting to seem weak, not wanting to appear lazy or inconsiderate. Some believe that they will be perceived as more honest, while others said their workload was too great for them to take time off. Presenteeism is a continuous cycle; when employees bring illness into work this can mean their recovery time is much longer. Often other employees also become ill.

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