Is presenteeism less prevalent among public sector employees than private sector employees?
Gominho, Nuno Manuel Afonso
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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