Roads to Research: Dr. Frances Jørgensen

Roads to Research: Dr. Frances Jørgensen

The Office of Research Services is pleased to invite you to Dr. Frances Jørgensen’s Roads to Research  presentation from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30 in the Quarterdeck. Her talk is titled The hidden costs of soldiering on: presenteeism, emotional demands and workplace accidents and injuries.

Frances Jørgensen is an associate professor with the School of Business and teaches organizational behavior, human resource management and change management. She uses action research to support employee engagement and employee driven innovation. Although there has been extensive research on absenteeism in the workplace, the issue of presenteeism is a recent focus in research literature.

All are welcome to attend the presentation, including the public. Coffee and cookies will be served. Please bring your lunch.

We hope you will join us for this interesting discussion of the risks of presenteeism on March 30.


Research has demonstrated that there are often serious health risks associated with presenteeism—or the act of engaging in work despite being ill. In this study, we argue that presenteeism represents a stress factor for employees, and especially those in work environments with high emotional demands such as front-line service jobs, and that the additional stress of working while ill is positively related to workplace accidents and injuries. This presentation will begin with a quick overview of a recently completed empirical study with data from New Zealand, and then move to current plans for extending the study to Canada.  A discussion of how the study relates to other populations—including perhaps employees within university settings!