Presenteeism an ‘epidemic’

Desjardins finds most people go to work even if exhausted or ill
By Sarah Dobson
||Last Updated: 06/18/2008

More than eight in 10 workers (83 per cent) have headed into the workplace when they felt exhausted or ill, according to a recent survey by Desjardins Financial Security.

The main reasons for presenteeism are “looming deadlines” (61 per cent), preventing workload pile-up (55 per cent), not wanting colleagues to be overloaded (49 per cent), concern about being “frowned upon” (41 per cent) and not being able to afford the missed income (40 per cent).