Is presenteeism less prevalent among public sector employees than private sector employees?

Master thesis English OPEN
Gominho, Nuno Manuel Afonso (2016)
  • Subject: Presenteeism | Productivity | Men and women | Economia e Gestão [Ciências Sociais] | :Ciências Sociais::Economia e Gestão [Domínio/Área Científica] | Private and public organizations

Presenteeism is a relatively new concept meaning working while sick. It is though to account for a large amount of productivity loss due to illness. Presenteeism’s body of literature is reviewed. This paper focuses on differences between public and private organizations, and between men and women. Survey data (n=235) was collected from the region of Ferrol, Spain. Evidence is found to suggest that private sector workers, but not public workers, come to work ill because they fear being fired for being absent. Connections are made with the economic climate. Ideas for future research are proposed and expanded upon.
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