Research reveals main reasons why people go to work when ill

Posted on November 9, 2015

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A key finding of the study, published today in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, is that presenteeism not only stems from ill health and stress, but from raised motivation, for example high job satisfaction and a strong sense of commitment to the organisation. This may motivate people to 'go the extra-mile', causing them to work more intensively, even when sick.

Job demands, such as workload, understaffing, overtime and time pressure, along with difficulty of finding cover and personal financial difficulties, were found to be key reasons why people might not take a day off. Conflict between work and family, and vice versa, and being exposed to harassment, abuse, and discrimination at work were also positively related to presenteeism. These negative experiences can exacerbate stress and harm health, requiring employees to choose between going to work and staying away.

Conversely, those who had a supportive work environment and had good relations with their colleagues and managers were less likely to attend work when ill. These individuals were both more satisfied with their jobs and healthier.

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Category(s):Health Psychology, Workplace Issues

Source material from Medical News Today


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