Pressure to Work When Sick Can Worsen Health

From PsychCentral:

A relatively new issue associated with the workplace is the tendency, or the encouragement by management, to work through short-term illness.

This pressure to work through sickness, known as “presenteeism,” can have long-term negative effects on health and productivity, warns an editorial published in the British Medical Journal.

Sociologist Dr. Kevin Dew at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, believes the evidence suggests that, for many, the pressure to work when sick is intense, and more effort is needed to prevent this health-debilitating behavior.

Read more from Psych Central: Pressure to Work When Sick Can Worsen Health

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