Create a minimum base of 24 days of telework per year, set up a "telework title", or fight against the culture of presenteeism: Terra Nova formulates a series of proposals for a "socially responsible hybrid work", in a report published in October.
The "think tank" (think tank) marked to the left starts from the observation that the remote work caused "at forced march" by the pandemic of Covid-19 "is there to last". "Thetime for urgency and improvisation is over, and it is time to take a step back," it adds.
Among its 86 proposals, the report suggests that a national interprofessional agreement should establish a minimum annual base for telework set at "24 days (as in Germany)", if the employees' tasks and the company's activities allow it.
The authors plead for the creation of an "effective right to telework opposable to the employer". The aim is to give power back to employees in the face of companies that are sometimes reluctant to work remotely in a context of "presenteeism culture" and "sometimes strongly held misconceptions", the report laments. It would therefore be necessary to create "a form of social public order in digital matters that would be imposed on the conventional and contractual order", it says.
He also mentions the creation of a "telework title" to "encourage companies to facilitate their employees' access to shared workspaces and thus give them the choice of where to work (on site, in a third place or at home)".
The report also suggests fighting against the culture of presenteeism "which is still too deeply rooted in our country" and recommends that employers who are struggling to recruit or retain employees should consider the place given to home-based work, which is "often underdeveloped".
The authors also note that "71% of company leaders have not provided training for managers" in practices adapted to hybrid work, pointing to a risk of a managerial transition that risks "becoming cluttered".
They also invite companies to review their "social rituals" (breaks, meetings...) to adapt them to hybrid work.
Among their many proposals, they also suggest annexing to telework agreements a right to disconnect or establishing the possibility for any employee to make known his or her unfulfilled wish to telework - within a monitoring committee in companies with more than 50 employees, with the unions elsewhere.
According to the Terra Nova report, some European countries have legislated to impose telework on the employer. This is the case in Germany in particular, where a right to telework for at least 24 days per year has been introduced, if the employees' tasks and the company's activities allow it. In particular, German employers would be obliged to offer their employees the possibility to work from home if there is no "compelling business reason" to come to the company site. The Netherlands has also just enshrined telecommuting as an employee right. Since a July 2022 law, if a job can be done remotely, the employee will be able to request it, or even demand it. Lithuania and Portugal have also amended their legislation on the subject.