Gordon TinlineAddressing presenteeism is difficult, particularly as it needs to be balanced against the need to control and reduce absenteeism. The answer, says Gordon Tinline, perhaps lies in tackling the two problems simultaneously.

Last month my colleague Ivan Robertson discussed sickness presenteeism. I would like to outline some of the steps that public sector managers can take to reduce its prevalence.

If you have an employee who frequently works when they are clearly too ill to do so, what can you do to discourage this? The solution, as is usually the case, lies in identifying the root cause.

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