Don’t look for their offices, they do not. Even before the outbreak of coronavirus, the containment and the massive use of telework, a handful of French companies had made the choice to work with employees entirely and exclusively at a distance.
” Our print center is at Cabourg, in Normandy, but we knew that it would be difficult to recruit for our development only in that area of employment “, explains Baptiste Hamain, leader of a Fizzer, an application to print custom maps. So, the company chose to let its twenty employees work where they want.
In Engrossing, an agency for the creation and support of web sites, Émilie Lebrun sharing this observation :” We can recruit anywhere in France, and as a result, we can also solicit customers everywhere “. For these companies in the digital sector, the 100 % telework becomes an argument for recruitment in a sector that is in tension.
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Some fear that the exchange system facilitates relocation. After all, if your work can be done from a third party, why not hire them in another country at lower costs ? Already because of the barriers of languages and cultures. Time zones can also be disruptive, the service meeting, at midnight and a half gathering quite a few fans.
The return of the hack ?
The followers of telework standing like to point out that the daily presence of a web developer in a tower of Defence does not provide immunity against its replacement by a Polish counterpart. The crisis of the sars coronavirus has shown, only the jobs of “first” and “second” line has absolutely need face-to-face, even though telecommuting has not been well lived by everyone.
” The risk of telecommuting is that of isolation, impoverishment and a loss of collective interestwarns Jean-Claude Delgènes, expert of the working conditions and founder of the firm Technologia. The institutions that exist without a physical seat belong to the niche of the digital world, with a corporate culture that is very specific and strong remuneration. “
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The expert is also concerned about a return to the “tâcheronisation” over the long term :” these employees are remote are judged on what they deliver, and the drift would be that they are also paid for the rendering. “Besides the questions around the representation of the staff and of the defence of the interests, the organization is completely decentralized, making it more difficult to identify potential abuse and to the emergence of collective claims.
The importance of a social life outside work
For these companies, to preserve the collective and the team spirit that needs constant attention. “ We communicate a lot on Slack (see below, editor’s note), where some conversations are solely dedicated to subjects “relaxation”describes Émilie Lebrun. Each one tells us when he starts his day, and stops, when he takes a break etc .. This allows me to be sure that no one exceeds his hours, and the balance with private life are respected “.
His agency currently has no profile ” junior “, or CSD or trainee. Employees must already be experienced in telework and perfectly autonomous. “ We’ve had a few recruitments unfortunate because the employees could not work solo “admits his side Baptist Hamain.
Bastien Giraud, “teleworker permanent” and founder of the platform enpantoufles.com that lists job offers 100 % distance, abounds :” I have the chance to have a life strong social outside of my job, but this type of organization is not for everyone, that is for sure. “ Parachuted into a large metropolis to a previous post, the designer of software has never found its marks. Then,” with telework, I was able to find the comfort of life in my village home and reconnect with my associative involvement. “
The native of the South meeting normally his colleagues in Paris once every two months, a homecoming for the moment prevented by strikes and the epidemic. In fact, all businesses without office regularly organise “real” meetings, combining work and friendliness. In Engrossing, they take place at the rate of three days every three months, each time in a different city. Émilie Lebrun did the math :” it’s cheaper than having permanent premises in Paris. “
► Slack, the app’s flagship digital
The name is redolent of the spirit of a start-up, fast, agile and expensive with companies in the digital sector. Slack, founded in 2013, is an application of communication between staff, such as Teams. Available on mobile and computer, the application is organized by conversation, and by group. In the same group (e.g. a company or a service) can have multiple chat channels (e.g. one per project or one for planning and another for the follow-up client). Slack also allows you to send private messages to a single user, sharing documents, etc