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Definition Work Presenteeism. Description.

Work Presenteeism is the culture in which employees are working (very) long hours, even in the weekends, without overtime pay. Or they are feeling that they must show up for work even if one is too sick, stressed or distracted to be productive; the feeling that one needs to work extra hours even if one has no extra work to do. They (feel they) are expected to work longer hours and take fewer holidays than the boss demands, to show an adequate commitment to the organization.

Medically, it can be described as the problem of workers being on the job but, because of medical conditions, are not fully functioning. The health problems that result in presenteeism include such chronic or episodic ailments as seasonal include: depression, back pain, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and gastrointestinal disorders. An example of presenteeism might be an employee who suffers from depression and as a result is less able to work effectively. Another example might be the employee with a migraine headache who may have difficulty looking at a computer screen.

It is a relatively new term used to describe workers who remain on the job but who are not as productive as usual due to stress, depression, injury, illness, or something as simple as a migraine headache. The results of presenteeism include a decrease in the quality and quantity of work, an increase in mistakes, and a work overload on other employees.

Presenteeism might seem to boost productivity by making it appear superficially that employees are working harder. In reality, the health effects of stress on productivity – and the impact on an organization’s work culture – can be counter-productive, especially in the long run. Being present for many hours does not necessarily mean the employee is also very productive.

For these reasons some employers encourage their employees to work smarter rather than work longer. Other organizations may ask employees who normally come in to work while they're sick, to stay home and take some rest.

Presenteeism is the opposite of Absenteeism. The term "presenteeism" was coined by Professor Cary Cooper, a psychologist specializing in organizational management at Manchester University in the UK. According to Cooper, presenteeism follows from insecurity and fear of job loss.

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Best Practices - Work Presenteeism Premium

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Why Employees Stay: Contextual Factors Influencing Job Embeddedness

Mitchell, Lee and Tyler (2014) focus on the contextual (or external) factors that influence employees’ staying, instead of emphasizing the fact...
Usage (application): Employee Retention, Attrition, Organizational Commitment, Employee Satisfaction

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The Workplace Environment and Aging Issues

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Usage (application): Performance Management, Two-factor Theory, Absenteism, Presenteism

How to Develop Effective Workplace Relationships?

This presentation discusses the development of efficient workplace relationships in detail. The presentation includes the following sections:
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Usage (application): Relationship Management, Employee Relationship,

Mindfulness and Wellbeing at Work

This presentation elaborates on the concept of mindfulness in the workplace, and includes the following sections:
1. Outline
2. Wellbeing de...
Usage (application): Wellbeing, Well-being, Mindfulness, Motivation, Employee Commitment Time Management, Coaching

Recognizing Stress in Yourself and Your People

What is stress?
Stress is a feeling of being overloaded, wound-up and worried.

How can you recognize stress in yourself or in your emp...
Usage (application): Coping with Stress, Avoiding Stress, Emotional Intelligence, Stress Management

3 Practical Ways to Deal with Stress

Workplace stress is very common and can cause higher blood pressure, illness and lower self esteem. Decreasing the stress level of yourself and your e...
Usage (application): Coping with Stress, Avoiding Stress, Emotional Intelligence, Stress Management

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    Usage (application): Human Resources Management, Presenteeism, Performance Management

Advantages of Telecommuting for a Business

Studies show that there are 4 main reasons that telecommuters are more productive and less stressed than employees who work in-office:
    Usage (application): Performance Management, Human Resources, Presenteeism

Fatigue Management as Responsibility of Employer and Employee

This presentation elaborates on the management of fatigue and the management of it, and includes the following sections:
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Usage (application): Fatigue Management, Human Resource Management, Absenteeism, Two Factor Theory, Commitment


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