A study published Wednesday evening by the Statistics Department of the Ministry of Labor reveals that employees go to work more than one sick day in four. The phenomenon of "presenteeism in the event of illness", specific to France, is highlighted.

The Directorate for the Animation of Research, Studies and Statistics (Dares) published a study on Wednesday which reveals that the French work more than one in four sick days. The survey is based on more than 19,000 responses, received between October 2015 and June 2016. "Employees report an average of eleven days of illness which resulted in eight days of absence from work", indicates the Dares, which depends on the Ministry of Labour.

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"Presenteeism in the event of illness", a French phenomenon

According to the study, "presenteeism in the event of illness" is a very French phenomenon: 62% of employees had at least one day of presenteeism in the event of illness in 2015. This is much more than in the rest of the European Union (42%), where employees who fall ill stop more quickly. 

The followers of presenteeism are more often women, managers, seniors and employees faced with time pressure or difficult relationships with their superiors. However, coming to work when you are sick is not necessarily a good calculation: the risk of infecting your colleagues is high, as is the possibility of being sick for longer, which will cost the company and the community more money. .