Presenteeism: A Brewing Culture
There is a brewing culture of ‘presenteeism’ amongst some workers in the UK, a report Ricoh is issuing has uncovered. This term used to refer to those who used work when sick, but the definition now includes a generation of young people who feel inclined to fake the extent of their workloads to get ahead. It seems as though being present for long hours at a desk is still seen as a way to secure career progression.
Young workers are feeling increasing economic strain, due to high levels of unemployment, job uncertainty and managerial pressure. The result is ‘presenteeism,’ or a desire to work long hours. When polled, YouGov research revealed half of 18-26 year olds believe bosses favour those who work beyond their contracted hours. So how can we free our employees from this illogical conclusion?