Some are mentally exhausted, others crack physically and some go as far as burnout. "Women's psychological health is deteriorating," says Malakoff Humanis, in the 2023 edition of its "occupational health" barometer. More than one in two women suffer from psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, stress or burn-out, compared to 45% of men. If the mental health of female employees deteriorates, their physical health is also affected, for 41% of them, compared to 34% for their male counterparts.
Across all sectors, about 44% of female employees say they are in poorer psychological health (compared to 32% of men). A situation that has deteriorated compared to 2022, since they were 40% to share this observation. Women who work in the field of health and medico-social are particularly affected by this phenomenon, in "one of the most physically and psychologically painful sectors," according to Malakoff Humanis. The consequences are directly visible in establishments with an absenteeism rate up 10 points compared to 2022.
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"Stress management solutions"
Women are particularly worried "about the financial situation of their household and are more concerned about the future of their children," says Malakoff Humanis, before adding that "they are also more worried about the situation of the world and the environment". Faced with these fears and the progression of psychosocial risks, employees are "waiting for support from their employer". "65% of them want to benefit from psychological support in case of personal or professional difficulties", compared to 57% of men. They are also more interested in "stress management solutions," at 70%, compared to 55% for men.
For their part, women leaders are increasingly attentive to these requests and 30% of them "make the fight against psychosocial risks a priority within their company". Some go even further and even offer psychological support to their employees. What reassure these French men and women who are increasingly stressed at work.