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Association between activities outside work and presenteeism among Korean wage workers : using nationwide survey
Sung Won Jung , June-Hee Lee , Kyung-Jae Lee
Department of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Kyung-Jae Lee ,Tel: 027099451, Fax: 027099451, Email: leekj@schmc.ac.kr
Received: May 31, 2019;  Accepted: July 12, 2019.
Objectives Presenteeism is a significant global health issue nowadays that can potentially cause productivity loss. Hence, there have been many studies that analyze the relationship between workplace factors and presenteeism. However, only a few studies have considered non-occupational factors. This study examined the association between presenteeism and activities outside work, such as volunteering, self-development, leisure/sports, and gardening & house repair activities, in Korean wage workers. Methods This study analyzed the fourth Korean Working Condition Survey (KWCS) and overall 19,294 wage workers participated in it. To determine the relationship between presenteeism and activities outside work, multivariate logistic regression analysis was used after adjusting for general and occupational characteristics. Results Self-development and leisure/sports activities significantly increased the odds ratio of presenteeism (Odds ratio [OR] =1.166, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.061??.282 and OR = 1.276, 95% CI: 1.181??.379, respectively). Conclusions Activities outside work, such as self-development or leisure/sports were related to presenteeism in Korean wage workers. Although many previous studies have underlined the positive effects of those activities on health, this study showed the negative effects of activities outside work on health.
Key words: Presenteeism; Activities outside work; Working condition survey; Wage worker
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