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The Covid-19 pandemic is leaving its mark. According to a study carried out by Ifop for the Jean-Jaurès Foundation, the health crisis has greatly transformed our lifestyles, but also our state of mind, especially with regard to work.
Motivation and taste for effort: these two values have been deeply affected by the health crisis linked to Covid-19, according to the results of this survey conducted by Ifop for the Jean-Jaurès Foundation, the results of which were published on November 11.
French people losing motivation
Indeed, according to the results of this work, one in three French people say they are “less motivated than before”. Among these respondents, the share of 25-34 year olds is 40% but is only 21% for those over 65, who nevertheless represent the age group most at risk in relation to the disease.
It therefore seems that it is not the virus itself that is responsible for this fact but rather the societal changes it has caused. Thus, the people most affected by this drop in motivation are people living in the Paris region (41%) much higher than those living in urban areas in the provinces (29%) and those residing in rural areas (22%).
More fatigue and a general “lazy”
Second post-pandemic effect, perhaps more linked to the virus: the increase in fatigue felt after physical exertion. For four out of ten French people, it has increased. Moreover, notes the study, nearly one out of three young people aged 18-24 has reduced their practice of sport and physical activity.
More generally, 45% of French people feel that they are “lazy” about leaving their homes. A figure that rises to 52% of 25-34 year olds, which would explain the physical and mental weakening of these young adults, victims of successive crises. Indeed, if we talk less about the risks of Covid, we now talk a lot about the crisis of global warming.
Good in your body, good in your head!
The home, perceived as a refuge
For the authors of the study, “the call of the sofa thus seems very powerful“. Indeed, 74% of French people have a positive image of the bed, including 85% of 25-34 year olds. The same is true for the sofa: when 59% say they have a positive image of this word, it is the 72% of 25-34 year olds are therefore more and more of this generation wanting to “chill”, or have a good time doing nothing. “to chill” which will appear in the Petit Robert 2023 edition.
The survey draws a parallel with taking a step back and the relationship of the French to work. Confinements and short-time working have given French people time to reflect on the meaning of their work and the constraints it could cause (staggered hours, evening or weekend work, etc.). A finding which is not unrelated to the increase in the rate of resignations, a figure which has never been so high for fourteen years in France.