presenteeism

n.

  1. Habitual failure not to appear for work when ill, encouraging the spread of disease to one’s coworkers.

In the vaudeville joke where the robber points a gun at his victim with the order, “Your money or your life,” the response of too many workers is, “Take my life, need my money.” —Paul Revere, “Presenteeism: spreading disease at work,” Effect Measure

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