[Avis d’expert] In the age of widespread teleworking, how can we contemplate 2021 with peace of mind?

The observation is clear: many French people reject teleworking, previously considered an advantage. According to a Harris Interactive study, the number of people working remotely full-time is down: 45% last November, compared to 30% in January. The employees who are sometimes unprepared to manage and motivate remote teams have to delay. After nearly a year of widespread teleworking for some of us, what trends are emerging for 2021?

Productivity and remote work, a very French question

In France, the culture of presenteeism has always been very strong. By equating the value of work with the number of hours spent behind their screens, employees accumulate the hours without increasing their productivity. In 2021, however, it would be desirable to place more emphasis on results than on working time.

To maintain employee engagement and productivity, a change must take place in terms of human resource management, as the relationship between managers and employees has been completely disrupted since remote working took hold in the long term. Now, no matter how employees organize their days, the most important thing is to know how to quantify their work, according to the objectives previously defined over a given period.

Despite the pandemic, no respite from the war for talent

Companies are constantly in competition, whether for their products or for their employees. As soon as the place of residence is no longer a major constraint, the talent pool expands. Employers can recruit more profiles by focusing primarily on the qualifications and attributes of the candidates. In this war for the best talents, we can expect that the issue of teleworking (and its conditions) will henceforth be addressed in the first interviews and negotiations.

A company’s ability to deliver a digital experience tailored to the new way of working will become as much or even more critical than more traditional criteria such as compensation and benefits.

Continue to stimulate creativity

It is undeniable, digital tools have greatly contributed to preserving social ties since the very widespread use of teleworking last March. Just as offices are designed to encourage informal interactions, businesses need to realize this natural need to stay in touch by integrating creative digital solutions into our working lives. Just think of all the emerging applications designed to exchange like Hallway, Slack and Donut to promote so-called “corridor” discussions. Businesses need to find the right balance between teleworking and short-term productivity gains, and long-term innovation and performance.

At a time when employees can now work from anywhere, without geographical or physical presence restrictions, the most successful teams will stand out for their ability to encourage productivity, enhance their employee experience, and foster creativity. . To succeed in this context, organizations will therefore have to adapt and adopt these new mentalities. It is on this condition that managers, by allowing everyone to find their place, develop their skills and achieve professional fulfillment, will prepare the company for the future of work and restore their image.

Stéphane Padique, Digital Workspace Manager at VMware

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