Despite the violence of this health crisis, the French nevertheless found a subject of satisfaction. They have taken a liking to telework and wish to use it more in the future.
According to a survey * by Deskeo, a flexible office operator in France, 62% of French people will want to do more telework after confinement. Interestingly, a first survey carried out after a few days of confinement, still by Deskeo, nevertheless showed that 76% of French people in forced teleworking already regretted their offices. After a few weeks, mentalities have therefore changed.
According to the new Deskeo study, only 12% of those questioned do not want to change their habits and are patiently waiting to return to their old work rhythm.
Save time and calm
The main argument of those who want more telework after the crisis is the time savings (no transport) at 38%, and calm (27%). “This is proof that the offices are not adapted to the needs of the employees. The open space promotes exchanges, but to concentrate, the employees also need to be able to calm down. Fortunately, there are solutions that have proven themselves, “comments Frank Zorn, co-founder of the platform.
If teleworking became widespread, the employees questioned (77%) would even be ready to no longer have a workstation assigned to the office. “An organization in“ flex-desk ”(or without fixed office) would allow companies to reduce the surface of their workspaces. This strategy can allow to settle in a more central and better served district, to invest in more comfortable furniture and equipment or even organizing more internal events to maintain team cohesion, “observes Frank Zorn.
The fact remains that it is the companies that decide. A majority of respondents (55%) think that their company will be favorable to telework. In detail, 4% say their employer will totally agree and 51% somewhat favorable. On the other hand, 36% think that their business will be rather against and 8% completely opposed.
Culture of presenteeism
Among the reasons cited by skeptics, 42% of men say that the home office is incompatible with their professional activity and 41% of women think that their business has a culture of presenteeism too important.
Finally, women are twice as likely as men to fear that their employer denies them the right to telecommute for lack of confidence. “The culture of presenteeism is still very present in France. Support is necessary to help managers to trust their teams more to adapt to working at a distance. Hopefully this episode of forced telework will make it possible to change mentalities for move towards performance management rather than presence, “says Frank Zorn.
However, the generalization of telework cannot be decreed. A possible increase in power will involve new challenges. The companies will have to somehow “validate” which employees will be able to claim it according to their responsibilities but also according to certain criteria like the remote respect of computer security rules of the company (which implies important changes in the information system of the company if the external accesses are massive), the presence of a good internet connectivity (which is far from being the case for all) or even work tools (desk, armchair, lighting …) to standards.
* survey carried out with 2,915 professionals spread over the whole of French territory, carried out online, on the owner panel BuzzPress France, according to the quota method, during the period from April 2 to 8, 2020.