A recent renowned group insurance company survey has shown that young workers’ health is degrading. The statistical analysis of these results, based on the number of sick leave days, highlights that figures at the start of 2022 are worse than those of the previous year. Several conclusions have emerged from the figures.

Workplace absenteeism on the rise compared to 2021

We all know that the COVID-19 epidemic is still present in 2022. More than half of sick leave in March 2022 was COVID-19 related, mainly because of self-isolation rules. In second place were psychological reasons at 14%.

A considerable percentage concerns employee absence for the under 30s: this category has the highest absenteeism rate (an average increase of 15% compared to the previous year over the same period) out of all employees. It is also clear that carers and managers are the professional categories the most affected by this increase.

Increasingly fragile mental health amongst the younger population

In total, 43% of the respondent employees who thought that their mental health was poor were on sick leave in March 2022 compared to 18% of all employees.

Young workers’ mental health seems more fragile. Some 23% say they have sleep issues and are emotionally and even physically exhausted. Slightly less than half of the under 30s put this health issue down to work issues.

Rescheduled and cancelled health care: time to take stock

The survey also reveals that rescheduled health care plays a large part in mental health issues. This means that, despite mental health related sick leave, a quarter of employees on sick leave cancel or reschedule health care. The reasons given are mainly lack of time, problems getting an appointment and financial issues.

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Article updated on 05/09/22