Despite the end of the teleworking recommendation, several companies in the public and private sectors continue to practice it. For many employees, it is a good way to reconcile professional and personal life.
What if telecommuting continued to be more democratic? Since March 14, there is no longer a government recommendation to limit the circulation of Covid-19. In Cahors, however, in many professional sectors, people continue to work from home.
In private companies, many have chosen to maintain telecommuting. Sectors where travel is not essential, such as accounting firms, especially benefit from it. Raymond Congost, a CerFrance employee, works three days a week from home. “As a single mother, it allows me to take care of my two teenage daughters. And then with a two-hour round trip between my house and the practice, for 20 days, it costs me a lot. Teleworking allows me to reconcile my professional and personal life more easily,” he says.
For some, telecommuting is also a way to improve professional activity. Valérie Durand is director of the skills employment advice service in Grand Cahors. In the town hall where she officiates, several employees telecommute. For her, “this saves time, flexibility in travel and offers a calmer environment”.
A habit acquired during the crisis
In the municipality of Cahors, teleworking is nothing new. “Before Covid, we were already using it,” explains Valérie Durand. And she adds: “Since we practiced it, we are operating by request. It is true that for the 2022 campaign we had more requests than before Covid.” And to organize teleworking, the city makes equipment available to its employees. A necessity because “the town hall servers must be accessible from the stations managed by the community for data protection reasons”, indicates the city of Cahors.
The rules for using telework remain very different between the public and private sectors. For private companies, it is carte blanche. Employees and managers negotiate the conditions of teleworking among themselves. At Gérard Grandjean’s @Com.sud du Lot company, “employees are required to be on the premises for three days”, explains the manager. The story is different for public officials. “The law indicates that they can use telecommuting only three times a week,” says Valérie Durand.
While working from home seems to satisfy managers and employees, everyone agrees on one point: You need to maintain an employee presence on the premises. Because for the city of Cahors, the democratization of this practice raises many questions about “team management and cohesion. Teleworking could even have an impact on the local economy”.