Presenteeism, stress resilience, and physical activity in older manual workers: a person-centred analysis

Cecilie Thogersen-ntoumani, Julie Black, Magnus Lindwall, Anna Whittaker, George M. Balanos

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This study used a person-centred approach to explore typologies of older manual workers based on presenteeism, stress resilience, and physical activity. Older manual workers (n = 217; 69.1% male; age range 50–77; M age = 57.11 years; SD = 5.62) from a range of UK-based organisations, representing different manual job roles, took part in the study. A cross-sectional survey design was used. Based on the three input variables: presenteeism, stress resilience and physical activity, four distinct profiles were identified on using Latent Profile Analysis. One group (‘High sport/exercise and well-functioning’; 5.50%) engaged in high levels of sport/exercise and exhibited low levels of stress resilience and all types of presenteeism. Another profile (‘Physically burdened’; 9.70%) reported high levels of work and leisure-time physical activity, low stress resilience, as well as high levels of presenteeism due to physical and time demands. A ‘Moderately active and functioning’ group (46.50%) exhibited moderate levels on all variables. Finally, the fourth profile (‘Moderately active with high presenteeism’; 38.20%) reported engaging in moderate levels of physical activity and had relatively high levels of stress resilience, yet also high levels of presenteeism. The profiles differed on work affect and health perceptions largely in the expected directions. There were no differences between the profiles in socio-demographics. These results highlight complex within-person interactions between presenteeism, stress resilience, and physical activity in older manual workers. The identification of profiles of older manual workers who are at risk of poor health and functioning may inform targeted interventions to help retain them in the workforce for longer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-396
JournalEuropean Journal of Ageing
Issue number4
Early online date9 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • Latent profile analysis
  • Ageing workers
  • Well-being
  • Occupational activity
  • Exercise
  • Leisure-time activity


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