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Presenteeism at Work

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Coming to work sick may do more harm than staying home - for the employee, the team, and the firm. Whilst the cost of absenteeism in organizations has been widely acknowledged and extensively examined, the counter-issue of 'presenteeism' has only recently attracted scholarly attention as a phenomenon that harms employee wellbeing, disrupts team dynamism, and damages productivity. This volume brings together leading international scholars from diverse scientific backgrounds, including occupational psychology, health, and medicine, to provide a pioneering review of the subject. International in scope, the collection incorporates both Western and East Asian perspectives, making it an informative resource for multinational companies seeking to formulate human resource strategies and better manage their culturally diverse workforce. It will also appeal to scholars and graduate students researching human resource management, organization studies, organizational health, and organizational psychology.


‘Research on presenteeism is exploding, and it is taking place in fields as diverse as medicine, well-being at work, team processes, and organizational strategy. For the first time, this volume brings together scholarly work from across disciplines and across cultures to deepen and enrich our understanding of this global phenomenon and to derive practical recommendations for dealing with it.'

Wayne F. Cascio - Robert H. Reynolds Chair in Global Leadership, University of Colorado

‘Presenteeism, or working while sick, has important ramifications for employee well-being, productivity, and organizational functioning. The present timely volume brings together leading scholars on presenteeism in diverse scientific disciplines. The chapters in the book take an international perspective and explore theoretical and methodological issues in the study of presenteeism. It provides scholars and professionals with an accessible volume on the state of play in the field. This book is an excellent resource for all who want to learn more about presenteeism.'

Arnold Bakker - Center of Excellence for Positive Organizational Psychology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

‘This volume covers an important topic and contains insightful chapters by expert authors on the causes and consequences of presenteeism. Importantly, the issue is also tackled from a cross-cultural perspective.'

Ivan Robertson - Director, RobertsonCooper

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