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  • Print publication year: 2018
  • Online publication date: August 2018

2 - Presenteeism: A Critical Review of the Literature

from Part I - Situating Presenteeism on the Global Stage


This chapter presents a critical review of the literature on presenteeism. The goal is to summarize and identify the main conceptual and methodological limitations of presenteeism. More specifically, we critically review the presenteeism literature with a view to suggesting future research avenues that take into account the dynamic aspects of this phenomenon. First, some of the most popular and widely used definitions of presenteeism are presented along with their limitations. Then, we consider the various measures of presenteeism and suggest some improvements. Finally, we present methodological limitations based on an overview of research and current thinking in the field. This chapter highlights the methodological importance of considering small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in future research.

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