International Journal of Stress Management

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 47–59 | Cite as

Attendance pressure during organizational change

  • Per Øystein Saksvik


The present study examines the relationships between aspects of the concept “attendance pressure” and sickness absenteeism. The study was carried out in a large public company in Norway during a major reorganization. It was hypothesized that employees with sickness absenteeism during this period would experience a high degree of attendance pressure in the form of reactions from managers, fellow workers, and job insecurity. Two surveys were carried out with the same sample (N=401). Attendance pressure in the form of censure pressure explained significant parts of the variance in sickness absenteeism. Employees with sickness absenteeism during the reorganization were a vulnerable group with low job satisfaction, significant health problems and low personal work ethics. Implications for preventive work on organizational level are discussed.

Key Words

attendance pressure organizational change absenteeism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Per Øystein Saksvik
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Social Research in IndustryTrondheimNorway

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