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A Lack of Responsibility Isn’t the Problem
How presenteeism can harm companies and what managers can do against it
Companies have a problem when employees come to the office sick. But why? Employees may think a few tasks can be completed regardless of feeling ill, and it may be the case that there are simply too many tasks that cannot be left unfinished. In fact, they may even believe they show a remarkable sense of duty. Similarly, managers often tolerate this “presenteeism” or even explicitly expect it. What both parties often fail to recognize is that, from an economic perspective, employees who work despite being ill are not doing their company any favors. Two new studies explore why this is the case.