Objective: Flexible work arrangements such as telework are gaining importance. Although telework is accompanied by advantages for employees such as increased flexibility, current research reveals associations between home-based telework and self-endangering behavior such as sickness presenteeism. As empirical evidence is still scarce, we explore the relationship between home-based telework and sickness presenteeism across Europe.
Methods: We perform multilevel analyses including 25,465 individuals who responded to the 6th wave of the European Working Conditions Survey 2015.
Results: Home-based telework is positively related to sickness presenteeism. The results are quite robust across different measures of sickness presenteeism and to several sensitivity analyses.
Conclusion: Although sickness presenteeism can be functional for specific illnesses, organizations should be aware of possible risks related to home-based telework. They should design telework in a way that it reduces triggers for self-endangering behavior.
This article is published in the "Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine", Volume 62, Issue 12, pp. 998-1005.
C. Steidelmüller, S.-M. Meyer, G. Müller:
Home-Based Telework and Presenteeism Across Europe.
in: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Volume 62, Issue 12 2020. pages 998-1005, Project number: F 2490, DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001992
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