less often, but longer

According to a recent study by Mercer, the most affected are call centers, transport and retail.

The level of absenteeism in companies fell slightly in 2021 after an unprecedented 2020, marked by the emergence of covid. According to the latest Mercer * survey on this issue, it rose to 4.8% last year from 5% in 2020. But this is 0.2 points higher than in 2019, which illustrates the chronic growth over 15 years.

“Neutralizing the impact of imprisonment on absenteeism in 2020 left open the hypothesis of a change in the trend of absenteeism, which was observed in 2019, but it was abolished in 2021,” we read.

Specifically, 36% of French employees were absent at least once more than three days last year compared to 39% in 2020 and 36% in 2019.

32 days on average, 2 days more than in 2019

On the other hand, the average duration of outages is longer: almost 32 days in 2021 compared to 30 days two years earlier. Outages of 6 to 90 days account for 67% of outages compared to 51% in 2019.

The most affected are call centers (11%), transport (6%) and retail (7%). Just like companies with 3,000 to 5,000 employees (6.2%) compared to those with less than 100 employees (3.3%).

In addition, the absence of managers is 2.5 times greater than the number of managers (3.1% vs. 8.4%).

Conversely, the Syntec sectors, training or finance, are the ones where we see the fewest stops.

Geographically, it is the workers working in Normandy and Hauts-de-France who concentrate the largest number of stops with proportions of 7.6% (with a peak in Calvados of 8.9%) and 7%.

Normandy is the most concentrated stop, Brittany – the least

Conversely, Brittany remains in a better position than other regions with absenteeism of less than 4%, such as деle-de-France (4.3%).

In total, 72% of these leave is due to illness, 14% to an accident at work or an occupational disease and 13% to a maternity leave.

Excluding maternity leave, women remain more affected than men. The absenteeism rate rises to 5.5% for women with children compared to 4.4% for women without children compared to 3.7% for men with family responsibilities and 3.2% for men without children.

The age of the employee also affects the level of absenteeism. The latter is steadily growing in men over 30 years.

Women always suffer more than men

“While family responsibilities explain some of the absences of 30/40-year-olds, the fact of the need to help a dependent older relative explains part of the absences of workers aged 40 and over. In fact, 80% of educators are over 40 and 58% are women (OCIRP study: key data on guardians in France), ”the study said.

“One of the two main side effects of Covid is the increased mental strain that is observed on a collective and individual level. Stops on the causes of AKP (psychosocial risks) have increased significantly, and the reasons are clear: social distancing, uncertainty about the future. , managing children, ”comments Florian Bocognano, Head of Technical Affairs and Proposals at Mercer Marsh Benefits France.

“Another damage, of course, is the result of 2020, marked by poor postures associated with compulsory and unorganized work, as well as less physical activity with the closure of sports infrastructure. We are talking about musculoskeletal disorders that have caused additional consumption of health “I (physiotherapist, osteopath, etc.) and significant work stoppages in 2021,” he continues.

*: The purpose of this study is to analyze, based on anonymous data from the portfolio of Mercer customers, the general trends of absenteeism in France over the past 3 years (2019, 2020 and 2021). The sample of this study is as follows: 3254 holding companies, including: 42% from industry, 31% from the tertiary sector; 21% from the trade sector, 6% from other services. 400,000 employees of French companies, including: 58% men; 42% of women.

Olivier Shicheportice BFM Business journalist