Telework, formerly based on a voluntary basis and at the employer's discretion, tended to concern certain types of sectors or employees more than others. However, the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has reshuffled the cards: the French government has imposed containment measures on the whole national territory, introducing major restrictions on the comings and goings of the French. Thus, many companies have had to adapt and have allowed their employees, as much as possible, to work from their place of residence. Based on estimates, nearly 30 percent of the French working population worked from home during the period of containment, representing nine times more than the usual share.
Not all French workers experienced the same standards: while 31 to 42 percent of workers, employees and self-employed people went to their place of work because teleworking was impossible for them, 61 percent of managers and senior professionals were able to work remotely, and three quarters of them had experienced telework for several days since the beginning of the crisis.
Still, there are also advantages to teleworking. First and foremost, the French list the financial savings, followed by the increased autonomy. These advantages also seem to have attracted French managers, the majority of whom wish to continue to work remotely. With more than three quarters of French managers having a positive opinion, and increasingly aware of the benefits of this practice, telework could develop in the next years. In addition, after two years of the pandemic, employees' teleworking habits have settled down, and what was initially a constraint is now more of a plebiscite. In the organization of work, telework is thus taking its place in a perennial way, and the practice should last beyond the health crisis.
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