BBC bemoans ‘presenteeism’ still with us despite WuFlu telecommuting

13 Jun

The BBC recently posted an essay on presenteeism, defined at Wikipedia thus: “Presenteeism or working while sick is the act or culture of employees continuing to work as a performative measure, despite having reduced productivity levels or negative consequences.”

As can be seen, they whine about it still being an issue.

As long as there is office work, I suspect there will be presenteeism, as many people’s office work – not all, but many’s – may be of a kind that either (a) doesn’t require actually putting in eight hours a day of actual work, or (b) has so much work that one can never actually complete it all, and is overwhelming therefore.

Either way, employees will make sure their bosses see they are at work, since it’s one way bosses use to evaluate productivity, however poor it may be, other than merely output. Especially in a feminized workplace, endless meetings and the like can take up the time of productive actual work, again either because there isn’t that much work, or there’s too much expected, so it’s another way of carving out breaks from doing real work.

I’m sure many folks have dreamed they could do this sort of thing:

With telework, you CAN have a virtual steaming cup of coffee; e.g. send emails at 8:00 am and 9:00 pm. 😉


7 responses to “BBC bemoans ‘presenteeism’ still with us despite WuFlu telecommuting

  1. feeriker

    June 13, 2021 at 11:28 am

    The “bright side” of Presenteeism, if the term is appropriate, is that you can pass whatever nasty ailment you have on to your boss, as well as any coworkers who are insistent that you be at the office for no valid reason. The only way such people ever learn to be reasonable is when they suffer for not being so.

    Fortunately, the last year of systematic and consistent teleworking, just about the only good thing to come out of a global government-contrived fake pandemic, has demonstrated that daily presence in the office is not only unnecessary, but idiotic, thus radically reducing instances of Presenteeism.

    Sadly, there are many corporate executards who, having heavily malinvested company capital in useless commercial real estate, feel compelled to justify their malinvestment by requiring em0loyees to commute back to offices. Presenteeism is the perfect weapon to deploy against this type of dangerous idiot.

    • Will S.

      June 13, 2021 at 11:51 am


      I will say that some employers now, given WuFlu, are more understanding about people not wanting to come into offices. Kinda forced to be, given the circumstances. 😉

      • feeriker

        June 13, 2021 at 12:04 pm

        Thankfully I work for an employer that has no plans to return to what was once the prevailing idiocy. Unfortunately, plenty of others didn’t learn a damned thing from the last year. Not surprising at all, as the North American executive managerial class is oozing with idiots. Lawrence Peter and Scott Adams both had these people pegged exactly.

      • Will S.

        June 13, 2021 at 12:09 pm

        I am similarly blessed. Also with employers who understand if you’re sick, you might as well use a sick day, and in non-WuFlu times not come in and infect others, and even now, no point in ‘presenteeism’.

  2. jorgen b

    June 13, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    “Especially in a feminized workplace, endless meetings and the like can take up the time of productive actual work…”

    What’s worse is they got rid of offices and cubicles and replaced them with the “open office” concept where everyone sits in a row on a long table, on both sides, and there is less that 2 feet between you and the people on the left and right of you, and about two between you and the person in front of you, such that if both of your computer monitors were not there and they sneezed, they would sneeze directly on you. If anything good comes out of the coof scare, hopefully its a return to having offices and the end of this childish female gossip setup in the workplace, which of course promotes “presenteeism” because its easier to look around and see who is and isn’t there when nobody has their own office or even cubicle.

  3. Will S.

    June 13, 2021 at 8:26 pm


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