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Nathalie Saade

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Science in Work and Organisational Psychology

Room: B22 (South Building)
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8467750

Current Status: Writing up
Year of Registration: 2014
Expected Completion Date: /09/2017

Primary Funding Source:
Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (International), for tuition; and NUBS Scholarship

Research Topic:
Towards a Multilevel Model of Presenteeism: Exploring the Proximal and Distal Antecedents and Consequences of Imperfect Presence at Work

Research Details:
This PhD will provide a multilevel theoretical model of presenteeism in the workplace within the broader notion of attendance dynamics. This will subsequently contribute towards developing the understanding of presenteeism ("imperfect presence") in the workplace from a multidisciplinary lens, as a step towards illustrating the complexities behind attendance.
This research critically examines the current presenteeism conversation and illustrates a narrowing, individualized, and unidimensional conceptualization of presenteeism. The literature on presenteeism has advanced from a primary focus on individual health and productivity, to exploration of the organizational antecedents to attending ill, and thus crossed over to the hands of organizational scholars (Johns, 2010). However, the overall focus remains mainly on the antecedents as attendance drivers and less so on the interactions between and within individual, organizational, and societal levels of analysis. This research argues that the current focus presents a partial picture of the complex story of presenteeism in the workplace.
Upon explicating and explaining these interactions, the value in the experiential and affective component in attendance emerges and illustrates with it the possibility to discern between differing forms of presenteeism. This allows working towards a more comprehensive understanding of the concept and its correlates, which illustrates presenteeism is more appropriately conceptualized as a social and organizational problem reflective of organizational healthiness and the quality of the psychological contract (fairness and trust), within the context of the current determining logic of industrial capitalism and the changing employment relationship

Research Supervisor/s: Aditya Jain, Ziming Cai and Marek Korczynski

Division: Management

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