During a wellbeing intervention study, Ian Hesketh and Professor Cary Cooper from Lancaster University Management School introduce the concept of Leaveism.

The effectiveness on wellbeing interventions in the policing arena is a relatively under-explored area of management science. The current economic climate in the UK 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 wellbeing, 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:

  • employees utilising 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;
  • employees taking work home that cannot be completed in normal working hours;
  • employees working while on leave or holiday to catch up.

Published in Volume 64, Issue 3 of the Occupational Medicine Journal 2014.

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