Presenteeism

Zak Fenton

Zak Fenton

Zak has been in the Employee Benefits industry for a decade, specialising in Group Risk and Workplace Health & Wellbeing.

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Presenteeism is defined as continuing to attend work while feeling sufficiently unwell to take time off sick (Johns, 2012).

Working while sick accounts for more productivity loss than absence and can actually lead to a worsening of health conditions (Collins et al., 2005; Hemp, 2004).

Excessive job demands, characterized by high workload; fast working pace; and long working hours have shown to increase the risk of presenteeism (Kinman & Wray, 2018).

In the UK, absence figures are reducing overall, but presenteeism has shown to be increasing, and impacts over 80% of employers (ONS, 2017; CIPD, 2018).

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