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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Definitions for presenteeism

  1. the practice of coming to work despite illness, injury, anxiety, etc., often resulting in reduced productivity.
  2. the practice of working long hours at a job without the real need to do so.

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Citations for presenteeism
Researchers say that presenteeism--the problem of workers' being on the job but, because of illness or other medical conditions, not fully functioning--can cut individual productivity by one-third or more. Paul Hemp, "Presenteeism: At Work--But Out of It," Harvard Business Review, October, 2004
An enforced week of idleness at home… was followed by a week of presenteeism in the office, hobbling around with a lightweight cast on his foot and walking stick in his hand, doing make-work to ease him back into the establishment. Charles Stross, The Revolution Trade, 2013
Origin of presenteeism
Presenteeism was formed on the basis of the word absenteeism, which means "frequent or habitual absence from work, school, etc." It entered English in the 1930s.