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Teleworking after the crisis: a little, a lot or … not at all?


On June 11, the deconfinement protocol still stipulated: Telework should be implemented whenever possible. In May, five million private sector employees used it, or one in four. But the Ministry of Labor revised its copy. Starting today, telework is no longer such a strong standard, says Muriel Pénicaud. The new health protocol reserves it for workers at risk of severe form of Covid-19, or for those living under the same roof as these exposed people. However, it is not a question of going back to 100% face-to-face work, nuances the Minister. It is a good thing to continue to have a part of the employees in teleworking, because that avoids regroupings in transport.

Unions temper

Most call for national agreement framing the practice. A figure makes consensus: maximum three days of telework per week. With a few exceptions, you can’t spend your life working at home ”, estimated, yesterday morning, Philippe Martinez, secretary general of the CGT, at the microphone of France Inter. Opinion shared by Jérôme Chemin (CFDT Cadres): One or two days a week is already good. Beyond, beware of the risk of isolation.

Only Medef still has reservations about a national framework. And the president of the employers’ organization, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, asserts that telework is not alpha and omega.

The popular hybrid model

According to a survey conducted by the national association of HRDs (ANDRH), 85% want to perpetuate the practice within their company. But by adopting a hybrid model, mixing face-to-face and remote work. With, on average, two days of telework per week. Audrey Richard, president of the ANDRH, believes that confinement has indeed anchored the practice: We went to the other side and we can’t go back.

The proof with the automotive group PSA, who would like their employees to be present in the office between one day and one and a half days a week. Xavier Chéreau, HR Director of the company, sees it as a way of their give back time, avoiding transport. As for PSA employees, the proposal is not unanimous: 73% of them do not want to telecommute more than three days a week, according to a survey by the CFDT.

Companies find their account there

Saving time and well-being for employees … and money for management. According to the ANDRH study, 63% of HRDs expect productivity gains from telework, 61% expect a reduction in their carbon footprint, and a third hope to spend less on property. By reducing the number of square meters of its offices, PSA plans to save several hundred million euros in rents.



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