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Employee absenteeism, a phenomenon on the rise

Absenteeism at work is a stressful phenomenon for the employer who must react as well as possible to avoid any disruption of the company. However, according to a study by the firm W.T.W. published on June 23 and relayed by the increase in absenteeism at work observed in recent years has increased during the Covid-19 health crisis. Thus, between 2017 and 2022, the absenteeism of French employees increased by 37%, with an increase of 15% between 2019 and 2021.

The study is based on a survey of 340,000 employees from nearly 700 companies over a period of 5 years, coupled this year with a survey of more than 1,000 French employees. In fact, the absenteeism rate is 4.6% in 2021, which means that 31% of French employees were absent from work for at least three days in 2021, an increase of 18% since 2017.

The average duration of outages is 54 days in 2021. The share of long-term outages (more than six months) is 60%. The study indicates that absenteeism for illness represents 83% of stoppages against 17% for accidents at work.

Health, the most affected sector

Health (9%), transport (7%) and retail/trade (6.1%) are the most affected sectors. Conversely, professionals in real estate, information technology and consulting are those where we observe the fewest stoppages.

Geographically, it is the Grand Est (+6.4%), Bourgogne France Comté (+5.6%) and Hauts de France (+5.5%) regions that are experiencing the highest increases. On the other hand, Occitania (+4.4%), Brittany (+4%) and Ile-de-France (+3.8%) suffered less significant increases.

It should be noted that all sectors are reporting a tangible drop in absenteeism, specifically between 2020 and 2021. A phenomenon that WTW attributes to the end of the waves of confinement and the easing of health rules.


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