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Taking leave of our sickness - a new perspective

During a Well-being intervention study, Ian Hesketh and Prof Cary Cooper from Lancaster University Management School introduce the concept of Leaveism.

The effectiveness on Well-being interventions in the Policing arena is a relatively under-explored area of management science. The current [UK] economic climate has brought unprecedented challenges to the Police Service; along with many other public sector bodies. In a study to establish to what extent Leadership and Resilience impacts on Police Well-being, researchers uncovered a phenomenon they coined as 'Leaveism' to describe a lacuna in current thinking on responses to sickness and overload in the workplace.

Leaveism is the practice of

  • (1) employees utilizing allocated time off such as annual leave entitlements, flexi hours banked, re-rostered rest days and so on, to take time off when they are in fact unwell;

  • (2) employees taking work home that cannot be completed in normal working hours;

  • (3) employees working while on leave or holiday to catch up.

The full citation is:

Leaveism at work 
Ian Hesketh; Cary L. Cooper
Occupational Medicine 2014 64 (3): 146-147
doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqu025



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