The French work 3 days a year in presenteeism - Pixabay

Wake up feverish and still resolve to go to work…? This is according to the Dares, the research and statistics section of the Ministry of Labor, the choice made by many French people. In its report published on August 5, the public administration reveals that in 2016, workers reported 11 sick days on average. 8 of these days gave rise to sick leave "only", the other three days gave rise to presenteeism. In its questionnaire, the Dares defines presenteeism as “going to work thinking that [you] should have stayed at home because [you] were sick”. In short, even if they were sick, the French went to work one day out of four.

The Dares study also shows that employees exposed to poor working conditions "have a higher propensity to presenteeism", such as those who face a high demand for work, or poor relations with their hierarchy.

Have you ever gone to work when you were sick? Do you find this normal and do not plan to stay at home if you feel fit to go to work? Did you go to work because you were under pressure despite the illness? On the contrary, you can't imagine going to work if you are sick? Do you refuse to expose your colleagues to your illness? Tell us.


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