Why certain women and older workers may be more likely to take sick days over time

Women and older workers in largely younger, male workplaces could be more prone to skipping work over time, a recent study published in the Academy of Management Journal suggests. The absenteeism may be related to discrimination these employees perceive early on.

“Many companies have the sure conviction that diversity is automatically of benefit to companies and individuals in the company,” study co-author Max Reinwald, a Ph.D student at the University of Konstanz in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, told MarketWatch in an email.

‘After a few years, women in predominantly male teams, and older employees in very young teams, are absent almost twice as much as their colleagues in teams where they have a good fit.

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