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"Leaveism" and under-reporting of sickness absence

"Leaveism" and under-reporting of sickness absence
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We are all familiar with absenteeism and presenteeism, but a previously unidentified absence behaviour has now been identified and given the name "leaveism".

Leaveism, according to CIPD president Professor Cary Cooper, is when employees use allocated time off, such as annual leave entitlements, when they are, in fact, unwell. It can also refer to working while on holiday or allocated days off because they overloaded and unable to manage their workload

Writing in People Management, Cooper says research into leaveism is in its early stages, but organisations need to be aware of its causes and the impact on employee wellbeing.

In their research on leaveism, Cooper and his colleague Dr Ian Hesketh found 76 percent of employees who have practised leaveism have done so to avoid being labelled as 'poor performers' or 'unable to cope' with their workload.

Responses like this may lead to employees under-reporting sickness absence, which would distort both the incidence of sickness in the workplace and the organisation's ability to understand and manage employee wellbeing, says Cooper.

He says with businesses facing a host of challenges, employee wellbeing has never been so important in ensuring sustainable performance. Further research is needed to find out what is driving leaveism and the impact it has on the workplace, but Cooper warns businesses should be mindful of the phenomena and have a strategy in place to mitigate against its consequences.

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