Telework: 62% of employees go to the office at the request of their management

During the duration of the new confinement, Point, with the technology of studies and surveys Happydemics *, draws up a weekly barometer of the life of French employees at work. To understand, thanks to a representative survey and supporting figures, what is the state of mind (his expectations, his satisfactions or his anxieties, etc.) of the worker, or rather of the… teleworker, at the time of the health crisis.

Have the French taken the deliberate decision to be dunces in teleworking? For the first week of the new confinement, our barometer indicated that only 20% of French employees were exclusively teleworking. Well, a week later, the result is the same (to within 1%) and the gauge of French employees who are in total teleworking remains stuck at one in five. And this, despite the recriminations and thinly veiled threats of the Minister of Labor, Élisabeth Borne, who never ceases to call for the respect of teleworking five days out of five in companies where this is possible. If we could give companies and their employees the benefit of the doubt for the first week, or accept the idea that time was necessary for a 100% telework rehabilitation, this excuse no longer holds for week 2 of confinement .

71% of non-managerial employees go to the office following a request from their management

In the survey carried out by Happydemics, we sought to understand who was “responsible” for this current lack of enthusiasm for total teleworking. The management of companies or the employees themselves? It emerges that employees go to their office first at the request of their company or their direct manager and less by personal desire. Overall, 62% of employees go there following a request from their management. This trend is even more important for non-managerial employees, since 71% of them go to the office following a request from their management. In the specific case of executives who go to the office all week (37%), five days out of five, 62% answer that they do so following a directive from their company. It should be noted that this requirement to be present at the office is much stronger in SMEs, mid-size companies and large companies (72%) than in micro-enterprises (41%).

Women more worried than men because of the failure to respect teleworking in a company

To the question “Did you know?” Despite government recommendations, only 20% of employees were teleworking from home 100% last week. What do you think ? », 21% of employees say they are scandalized and 25% say they are worried about the situation. Anxiety grows with the size of the company: 41% of employees in large companies, whether they are managers or not, say they are worried while they are only 14% for micro-enterprises and 25% for SMEs. Finally, it is in Île-de-France that employees are the most worried (at 36%) compared to all the other French regions (30%). Finally, it should be noted that there is a very clear difference in perception between men and women, the latter being much more worried than men on the subject of non-compliance with telework …

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The policy put in place by the company on teleworking also seems to act on the employee’s perception of the degree of confidence that his manager has for him. 59% of employees who are forced to come to the office following a directive from the company feel positive confidence from their superiors. While 71% feel this confidence among those who show up at the office on their own. It is therefore easy to imagine that these employer directives which impose a presence in the office are interpreted by employees as a desire to control and monitor the work of the teams.

*Survey conducted by Happydemics ( between 9 and 12 November with 2,871 respondents representing the French and 785 employees of ME (microenterprises), SMEs, ETI and GE.

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