Friday, April 04, 2008

Presenteeism - Going to Work Sick...

Adam of Lifehacker, writes about Presenteeism, which is being in the office when you are sick.

' The problem with presenteeism: It’s making your coworkers sick and it may be costing your employer a lot of money. So why do people do it? … '

I’ve known of cases where the employee was admitted in the hospital, and all that the supervisor could think about when calling the employee was - “I heard you are sick. How long will you be? Or, do you think you can come for sometime and finish this work?”

Well, now what can one say to that?

1 comment:

Cali said...

Presenteeism exists because the foundation of work is still based in the 1950s. The equation of face time = productivity is alive and well. It doesn't matter if it's face time without doing a damn thing - it still means you MUST be doing something productive.

Those old beliefs are what make people drag themselves to the office with fevers and pneumonia. It's time to stop the madness and not look at whether someone is in their cube, but whether they're producing RESULTS.

Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson
Creators of the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE)
Authors of the forthcoming book "Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It"