In 2020, after months of compulsory teleworking, confined to her Parisian apartment with her two young children, Christine (the first name has been changed) made a radical decision: to go and live on the Normandy coast, in a house that would offer her offspring space, games in the garden and sea air galore. Eleven months after his move, this ideal scenario comes up against a new reality.
Indeed, his employer asks him to come back to the office, in the heart of Paris, two days a week. “Two hours of train morning and evening, plus transfers from the station to the house, that makes five hours of transport per day., calculates Christine. For me, it’s not playable. “ Discussions with her employer are ongoing, but she does not rule out an amicable divorce if they fail.
“The subject that we see emerging in this return to business is that of the implementation of new rules for teleworking, which was in a way” in open bar “until now., confirms Benoît Serre, Deputy National Vice-President of the National Association of Human Resources Directors. This will require a lot of adaptability, not to mention the problems of internal cohesion in companies, when a manager is more flexible than another. “
Question of compensation for transport costs
Admittedly, for around a third of employees, exercising their activity from home has resulted in a deterioration of working conditions, whether it is a lack of space, a noisy environment or the obligation to reconcile household chores and professional missions. But for the remaining two-thirds, the operation seems to have been rather successful. Convincing these employees to give up the comfort of their stay or their second home in order to find the charms of the open space will not be easy. This may be even more complex for those who, like Christine, have moved away geographically. A phenomenon which concerns more Ile-de-France as well as the big cities, and which could last.
According to one study conducted by Cadremploi, and published Wednesday, August 25, 38% of Ile-de-France executives would consider going back and forth between Paris and the province to go to work. “We all have, in our companies, a few employees who have settled far from Paris, confides Sabine Parisis, HR Director of the Effy group, specializing in energy renovation. It is not the majority, of course, but these will be difficult to mobilize. “ The question of compensation for their transport costs may also arise.
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