The end of the “minimum number of days” of telework set by the State in companies is effective from this Tuesday, August 31. However, a full return to the “world before”, where only 4% of employees teleworked regularly (at least once a week), hardly seems likely. Because many employees now want a hybrid approach, with the maintenance of a greater or lesser dose of remote work. Even demand it, taking advantage of the change in the balance of power in many sectors, due to labor shortages.
According to an Opinionway study for the collaborative tools provider Slack, 38% of employees say they are ready to change employer if it chooses to come back 100% face-to-face. A figure that rises to 57% among those under 35. Another study, conducted in July by YouGov for the recruitment firm Nicholson Search & Selection, confirms the current generational shift. It indicates that 61% of 18-34 year olds say they are 100% remote working.
The message has been heard from the employers’ side. 85% of HRDs consider the sustainable development of teleworking in their company desirable, according to a study commissioned in June by the national association of human resources directors (ANDRH).
“20,000 company agreements signed over the past year”
Stressing that “20,000 company agreements have been signed over the past year”, Benoit Serre, vice-president of ANDRH, recognizes that “the hybridization of work (mixture of remote and on-site work) has been lasting anchored ”.
But he stresses that “now we have to get used to everything being a little more structured”. Some employees “find it difficult to admit that it is no longer open bar,” he points out, sometimes with imposed days of presence or a shift to telework on Fridays.
According to him, the telework revolution could also have an impact that employees have not necessarily measured: the questioning of the 35 hours. “We know that the number of teleworkable jobs is growing. If tomorrow you have a labor company in France which has 50 or 60% of people who partially telework, you will necessarily have to ask yourself the question of working time but above all of its accounting “, he launched this Tuesday on the antenna of BFMTV. Before concluding: “What does it mean to check in at home? It doesn’t mean anything and that’s a real change in society ”.
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