‘Too scared to go sick’—reformulating the research agenda on sickness absence

Authors


  • Phil Taylor is Professor in Work and Employment Studies, Ian Cunningham is Reader, Kirsty Newsome is Senior Lecturer and Dora Scholarios is Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Phil Taylor, Department of Human Resource Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XU; email: philip.taylor@strath.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

This article argues that our understanding of absence and absenteeism, deriving from seminal studies in the sociology of work and employment, has been overtaken by hugely significant developments in political economy, regulation and employment relations. A new research agenda that addresses the changed organisational politics of absence management and the consequences for employees is urgently required.

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