Determinants of Presenteeism: A Study on Non-Academics in State Higher Educational Institutions in Sri Lanka
J. Nadeesha Samarasinghe
University Grants Commission, LK
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Presenteeism was defined in this research as the extent of engaging in personal works while being at work by non-academics. Existing literature reveals a deficiency in theoretical and empirical knowledge on antecedents of presenteeism. This study explores the determinants of presenteeism of non-academic staff in State Higher Educational Institutions in Sri Lanka. Participants were university administraive officers and they were asked to report on the presenteeism behaviour of non-academic staff, as supervising officers. A technique called Nominal Group Technique was applied for determining the factors which contribute to presenteeism of non-academics and prioritizing the identified factors. 15 experienced university administrative officers were participated. 24 factors were identified and they include Lack of work, Family commitments (Childcare/Eldercare), Inadequate supervision, Long distance of travelling between home and workplace, No punishment/restrictions imposed for engaging in personal work, Family/Personal problems, Bad office culture, Job stress, Unavailability of performance-based pay scheme, Conflicts with supervisor, etc. Prioritizing resulted in Lack of awareness on ethics being the most important determinant of presenteeism of non-academics, Unavailability of performance-based pay scheme being the second most important determinant, and Wrong attitudes about the work being the third most important determinant. Implications were discussed.
How to Cite:
Samarasinghe, J.N., 2021. Determinants of Presenteeism: A Study on Non-Academics in State Higher Educational Institutions in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Journal of Human Resource Management, 11(2), pp.1–11. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljhrm.v11i2.5664
30 Dec 2021.