Presenteeism refers to working despite ill health that might otherwise warrant sickness absence. Estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars in lost productivity, the concept has attracted the attention of different academic disciplines, policymakers, and practitioners interested in mitigating the problem. Although a topic of significant interest, the current understanding of presenteeism is compromised by a number of conceptual and methodological factors that follow from one another. We begin this introductory article by providing a brief overview on three specific challenges, namely, (1) presenteeism ill-defined as a unitary construct, (2) narrowness of approaches to measure and study presenteeism, and (3) insufficient research on the social and relational dynamism that characterizes presenteeism. We then provide an overview of the eight articles that comprise this issue and analyze how they address the aforementioned three challenges by adopting alternative theoretical frameworks, utilizing new measurement approaches, and/or by shedding light on the dynamic nature of presenteeism. Finally, we discuss fresh perspectives and promising directions for future research endeavors on this topic, with the hope that this issue will inspire further research on the practical implications of presenteeism for promoting positive health and well-being at the workplace.
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Our special issue took shape right in the middle of COVID-19 pandemic, and despite the innumerable challenges, we would like to thank all our reviewers and authors who contributed to the success of the special issue. We are especially indebted to the Editor-in-Chief, Christian Resick, for his exceptional leadership, unwavering support, and invaluable guidance throughout the entire process. We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to Martin Wells and Martina Wiesenberger for their support and assistance in coordinating the various aspects of the special issue.
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- workplace attendance behaviors
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science
- Psychology (all)
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management