Working while sick

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Date: May 2012
From: Monthly Labor Review(Vol. 135, Issue 5)
Publisher: Superintendent of Documents
Document Type: Article
Length: 548 words
Lexile Measure: 1240L

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Most everyone has heard of absenteeism in the workplace--being absent from work because of sickness or a health-related condition. However, not many of us have heard of presenteeism--being present at work while sick or not feeling well. The term is so new that many well-known English dictionaries, such as Merriam-Webster, do not list it. Researchers have just become aware of the phenomenon in the past 20 years and have found that it can affect workers' productivity more than absenteeism. Workers who stay on the job while ill aren't able to complete their tasks on time, make more errors, and often miss deadlines. In addition, by continuing to stay at work, workers forgo the rest and treatment that their health condition may require.

Obviously, with employees' decreased productivity due to presenteeism, employers are incurring significant revenue losses and...

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