Presenteeism—the case for action

Gail Kinman, Andrew J Clements

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There is evidence that presenteeism (working while sick) is commonplace and is increasing, especially among homeworkers. Working while not fully fit can be therapeutic and functional, but growing knowledge of its wide-ranging impact means that it can be a potentially high-risk behaviour. This editorial presents an overview of the factors that encourage people to work while sick and the wide-ranging implications for their health and functioning. Also provided is evidence-informed guidance on the actions that organizations can take to reduce dysfunctional presenteeism and develop a ‘healthier’ sickness absence culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-182
Number of pages2
JournalOccupational Medicine
Issue number4
Early online date18 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2023

Bibliographical note

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Occupational Medicine following peer review. The version of record, 'Kinman, G., & Clements, A. J. (2023). Presenteeism—the case for action. Occupational Medicine, 73(4), 181-182', is available online at:


  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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