AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
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AbstractPresenteeism has negative implications for staff wellbeing and the safety of prisons, but little is known about its prevalence and causes. This mixed-methods study examines these issues among 1,682 UK officers. Most respondents (84%) reported working while sick at least sometimes, with 53% always doing so. Six linked themes were identified that underpinned presenteeism in the prison sector: punitive absence management systems; pressure from management; short-staffing and fear of letting colleagues down; job insecurity; fear of disbelief and shaming; and duty and professionalism. The implications of presenteeism for the health and job performance of prison officers are considered.
CitationKinman G, Clements AJ, Hart J (2019) '“When are you coming back?” Presenteeism in UK Prison Officers', Prison Journal, 99 (3), pp.363-383.
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