Firms press to quantify, control presenteeism

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By Kelley M Blassingame
December 9, 2002

Although employees that come to work when sick, in pain or otherwise subpar might be considered dedicated, mounting evidence shows their attendance is a pyrrhic victory.

The actual costs in diminished productivity remains a relatively new metric for many employers that have long struggled to fight absenteeism. But the phenomenon of presenteeism (being at work although not fully effective) is being found to be just as much, if not more costly.

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