Working when sick affects productivity and health

WORKING when you are sick, known as ‘presenteeism’, is bad for both health and productivity, an expert says.

Professor Kevin Dew, from the School of Social and Cultural Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, wrote in an editorial in the British Medical Journal that evidence suggests the pressure to work when sick is “intense” for many people, particularly in occupations involving caring and teaching.

“More effort is needed to prevent this health-debilitating behaviour,” he wrote, citing studies showing presenteeism increases morbidity,

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