12. Presenteeism: A Short History and a Cautionary Tale

  1. Jonathan Houdmont2,
  2. Stavroula Leka2 and
  3. Robert R. Sinclair3
  1. Gary Johns

Published Online: 29 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119942849.ch12

Contemporary Occupational Health Psychology: Global Perspectives on Research and Practice, Volume 2

Contemporary Occupational Health Psychology: Global Perspectives on Research and Practice, Volume 2

How to Cite

Johns, G. (2012) Presenteeism: A Short History and a Cautionary Tale, in Contemporary Occupational Health Psychology: Global Perspectives on Research and Practice, Volume 2 (eds J. Houdmont, S. Leka and R. R. Sinclair), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119942849.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Institute of Work, Health and Organisations (IWHO), University of Nottingham, UK

  2. 3

    Clemson University, USA

Author Information

  1. Concordia University, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119971047

Online ISBN: 9781119942849

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Keywords:

  • presenteeism, a short history;
  • definitions of presenteeism;
  • coalescence of presenteeism, and employee health;
  • problems with presenteeism research;
  • lack of theory;
  • conflation of cause and effect;
  • “daily diary” studies, and electronic technology

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Many Definitions of Presenteeism

  • Consensus Around Health Emerges

  • Problems with Presenteeism Research

  • Some Modest Proposals

  • Note

  • References