“The very notion of work has taken quite a beating since the Covid-19 pandemic”

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Using his health to enrich himself and increase the fortune of the richest man on the planet is no longer really the dream horizon of the new generation. The very notion of work has taken quite a beating since the Covid-19 pandemic. Signs of this have been seen in the resignations and sudden job shortages that have spread both in the United States and in Europe.

The study published on November 11 by the Jean Jaurès Foundation and signed Jérôme Fourquet and Jérémie Peltier confirms it: in 1990, when the French were asked about what was very important to them, 60% spontaneously cited work. They are only 24% to think so in 2021. Leisure, cited by 31% of respondents in 1990, now collects 41% of the vote, almost twice as much as for work.

Purchasing power crunch

When Nicolas Sarkozy launched his “work more to earn more” in 2007, more than 60% of French people said they were willing to cut back on their leisure to make ends meet. Today it is the reverse. In full tension on the purchasing power, they are the same proportion to admit considering earning less to have more free time.

People go to the movies less, do less sports and outdoor activities. A “flame epidemic” particularly marked among those under 50

The health crisis served as a revealer, with its confinements, its partial unemployment and the generalization of teleworking. The authors of the study refer to a “general softening of individuals”. People go to the movies less, do less sports and outdoor activities. A “flame epidemic” particularly marked among those under 50. The inhabitants of the Paris region are the most affected. The formidable extension of telework is not for nothing. The RATP records traffic 18% lower on Friday than on Tuesday.

The roots of this spectacular shift run deep. It’s a whole system of values ​​that changes. “The sacralization of work and effort has been erased with the terminal dislocation of the Catholic matrix and the disappearance of the worker and peasant worlds”, write the authors of the study.

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