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May 26, 2016

French employees at work: pessimistic?

​In the context of a sluggish economy and depressed job market, French people, who are well-known for their pessimism, are also pessimistic about their work, positioning France below the average for all of the surveyed countries.

​In the context of a sluggish economy and depressed job market, French people, who are well-known for their pessimism, are also pessimistic about their work, positioning France below the average for all of the surveyed countries.

A well-established gravity​

Why? First of all, because just over one in two French employees considers their company has active policies relating to well-being at work. Next, because they mainly consider they lack attention and respect from their management and are also not very confident about their professional future in their company. Whereas for most items, they are aligned with other employees, only 55% of them for example consider that their management pays attention to their skills and training (versus an average of 61%, all countries combined).

They lack confidence in their own professional future and in the future of their country. Predictably, the economic context has mainly impacted French employees, only a small minority of whom (38%) feel confident in the future of the country, whereas the average for all surveyed countries represents the majority (54%).

 

 

But reasons for hope​

And yet these same employees, all sectors and all levels combined, are generally confident when it comes to the future of their company. Their main concern is therefore related to their salary (47%) and to a lesser extent to keeping their​ job (33%). The majority of French employees (56%) remain dissatisfied with their purchasing power. Their main expectations are for their employer to consider health support, transportation support and catering at lunch time as priorities (respectively 43%, 40% and 36%).

Source: 2016 Edenred-Ipsos Barometer on the well-being at work of employees around the world (14,400 employees surveyed in 15 countries).

Panel in France: representative sample of 3,000 employees (aged 18 and over, excluding freelancers, farmers, craftsmen, merchants, etc.).

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