Over Four Million French Employees Telework


According to a new study, 16.7 percent of French employees were teleworking at least once a week in 2012. There has been a sharp increase since 2011, when only 12.7 percent were teleworking.

This comes only a month after Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO, has asked her employees to stop telecommuting. However, as we shall see here, this might not be such a smart move.

This figure represent 4.2 million people, or a bit more than in the United States ( source : TeleworkResearchNetwork.com ). Out of these, 79.2 percent worked at home, 14.8 percent worked from a café or a lounge, 7.9 from a coworking space or a telecentre and 2.5 percent from a business centre.

48 percent of them are wage-earners from the private sector, only 17 percent are from the public one and the remaining 35 percent are independents, freelances and so on.

While these figures are encouraging, there is a huge hurdle as two thirds of this teleworking occurs in a non formalized way.

There still are many perceived hindrances to this practice, namingly :

  • Doubts over the efficiency of the workers ;
  • Perceived incompatibility with the workers’ activity ;
  • incompatibility with the company’s culture ;
  • IT problems.

Forty years after Jack Nilles coined both terms of “telecommuting” and “telework”, most people practicing telework see positive effects on their efficiency and concentration, a decreased fatigue and stress and a better balance between their work and private lives.

This might explain why 73 percent of people who aren’t teleworking yet are willing to do so. However, 53 percent are facing rebuttals from their hierarchy. This clearly shows that educating people on this practice is critical to its development. To learn out more on this, please refer to a previous Cleantechies article : The Importance of Telecommuting in Reducing Carbon Emissions

If you are willing to learn out more on this study, please check out the infographic in pdf as well as the Teleworking White Book. Unfortunately, both are in French.

photo: mccun934.

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Fascinated by sustainability and cleantech since 2004, Edouard wrote both his Bachelor of Arts' dissertation and Master's thesis on sustainable energy topics. He haven't stopped writing on these subjects ever since. A French Master's graduate in international management, Edouard has had several experiences in Marketing and Communications in Europe. He worked for firms as diverse as a German water treatment company, a leading French business school and lately a Belgian automation specialist. He is currently for hire globally. Since 2007 Edouard has been selecting for his own blog the latest headlines and best researches on sustainable development, climate change, cleantech and the world energy sector. With over 1,600 published articles, he is read all over the world. On Cleantechies, Edouard has been proposing since June 2009 news articles and opinion pieces on on French and European policies. Don't hesitate to contact him as he is always interested in discussing with new people.

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