In 2021, private sector executives increased the absenteeism rate

While economic activity is picking up again, worried business leaders are closely scrutinizing the curve of sick leave filed by their employees. But it is the managers, exhausted by months of health crisis, who risk failing them.

Conducted in partnership with Harris Interactive, a study by the social protection group Malakoff Humanis, entitled “The impact of the health crisis on absenteeism in companies and psychosocial risks”, sheds an instructive light on the evolution of the profile of absentee workers. In the enterprises.

According to the results of this survey, during which 10,028 private sector employees were questioned, the number of employees on sick leave increased by 30% between January and May 2021 and the proportion of work stoppages among managers exploded. compared to that of non-managers: in May 2021, 23% of the former on average filed at least one work stoppage, against 13% for the latter. While this gap was almost non-existent at 1er semester 2020, it has continued to improve since then.


Managers’ work stoppages are also more related to professional reasons: 32%, against 26% for all employees. An unprecedented development compared to previous surveys conducted by Malakoff Humanis on absenteeism, according to Anne-Sophie Godon: “The fatigue of managers is today a real subject in companies, Advance by way of explanation the director of services of Malakoff Humanis. They had to ensure the cohesion of the collective, manage organizations while maintaining their objectives. “

While the whole of France celebrated front-line workers, managers, often invisible by teleworking, saw their role called into question.

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The fatigue of managers was highlighted in another study, conducted by Opinion Way for Human Footprint. In December 2020, this human resources consulting firm looked into the psychological state of French employees. In this study, 56% of managers already declared themselves in a situation of “Psychological distress”, more than other categories of employees; 35% of employees even said they were worried about the moral state of their manager.

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While the country was emerging from a second lockdown, before plunging into the third wave of the epidemic, the supervisors had to manage, for many months, the repercussions of the crisis on the company and its employees.

“A psychological weakening”

Beyond the weakening of managers, the study by Malakoff Humanis warns of the psychological repercussions of multiple confinements and the stress caused by the health situation on all those surveyed: 41% of the 1,510 employees questioned within the framework of a follow-up survey, looking at their state of mind, says the crisis has had a negative impact on their mental health. “The data presented here highlight, not an explosion of psychosocial risks, but rather a general weakening of the psychological state of employees”, underline the authors of the survey.

For managers, as for other categories of employees, the majority of judgments filed during this period are nevertheless related to Covid-19. Extraordinary work stoppages for isolation, absences for childcare, stoppages concerning vulnerable people… Unsurprisingly, the pandemic caused 46% of work stoppages declared by all employees within the framework of this study.

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“Stoppages for psychological reasons were already progressing before the start of the crisis, nevertheless warns Anne-Sophie Godon. Employees tell us that their mental health has deteriorated. And we have not yet seen all the consequences of the crisis: even if we are no longer in an acute phase of teleworking, companies are considering their reorganization. »A questioning that may affect, in the first place, the supervisory staff.

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