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“To work, or not to work, that is the question”: Recent trends and avenues for research on presenteeism

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  • S. A. Ruhle, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
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  • H. Breitsohl, University of Klagenfurt
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  • E. Aboagye, Karolinska Institutet
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  • V. Baba, McMaster University
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  • C. Biron, Universite Laval
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  • C. Correia Leal, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)
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  • C. Dietz, Leipzig University
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  • A. I. Ferreira, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)
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  • J. Gerich, Johannes Kepler University of Linz
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  • G. Johns, Concordia University, University of British Columbia
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  • M. Karanika-Murray, Nottingham Trent University
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  • D. Lohaus, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt
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  • A. Løkke
  • S. L. Lopes, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)
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  • L. F. Martinez, NOVA University Lisbon
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  • M. Miraglia, University of Liverpool
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  • B. Muschalla, TU Braunschweig
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  • U. Poethke, Dortmund University
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  • N. Sarwat, Bahauddin Zakariya University
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  • H. Schade, Technische Universität Chemnitz
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  • C. Steidelmüller, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Berlin
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  • S. Vinberg, Mid Sweden University
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  • Z. Whysall, Nottingham Business School
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  • T. Yang, Beijing Institute of Technology

This position paper brings together recent and emerging developments in the field of presenteeism. A critical synthesis of the evidence is needed due to persisting conceptual and methodological challenges as well as the increased volume of research in the field. This paper integrates emerging evidence and critical thinking into three areas: (1) concept, (2) measurement and methodological issues, and (3) the context of presenteeism. First, due to the variety of existing definitions, competing understandings, as well as the notion of positive presenteeism, it is important to reconsider the notion of presenteeism. Second, it is important to reflect on the measurement of the act of presenteeism and the productivity loss associated with that. Third, following the call to investigate presenteeism in specific contexts, it is important to explain the social, occupational, cross-cultural aspects, as well as the contemporary workplace changes. Based on this critical synthesis, we conclude by identifying recommendations for future research on presenteeism.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Volume29
Issue3
Pages (from-to)344-363
Number of pages20
ISSN1359-432X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • absenteeism, context, measurement, position paper, Presenteeism

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