More French people have resorted to teleworking, especially at 100%, in early April compared to March after repeated calls from the government to do so, according to an interactive Harris poll conducted for the Ministry of Labor. “Teleworking has strengthened in a few days across the country. The figures are at their highest since January, proof that employees and employers have heard our call. It is an effective means to curb the epidemic and it is necessary more than ever to continue the efforts ”, commented the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, this Thursday in The Parisian.
According to this study carried out from April 1 to 4 (therefore before the closure of schools but while 19 departments were already subject to restrictions), 37% of workers teleworked (54% saying that their profession can be carried out by telework) against 35 % during the week of March 8 to 14 and 41% in November during the second confinement. 15% did so full time compared to 13% in March and 20% in November. The national health protocol provides that teleworking must be the rule for all activities that allow it. Since January, the possibility has been added for 100% teleworking employees to come back one day a week if they wish.
A third of people have a hard time teleworking
Among workers who can easily telework, 67% have done so (65% in March) and 37% have worked full time against 31% in March. These trends are even clearer in the 19 departments which were already subject to health restrictions: 74% of employees who can telework easily do so (78% in Ile-de-France) and 100% telework has increased by 9 points. On average, employees who telework do so 3.6 days a week (3.8 in Ile-de-France) against 3.4 in March. Employers are more inclined to authorize teleworking: 11% of employees say that their employer does not authorize teleworking against 17% in the last survey.
But the experience of teleworking remains difficult: 34% of employees say they have difficulty living it on a daily basis, as in March. The survey was carried out online with a sample of 2,026 people, representative of French people aged 18 and over, among whom 1,155 active workers are represented. According to the Ministry of Labor, the inspectorate has carried out more than 29,156 checks on the health crisis since January 1. This gave rise to 59 formal notices, including 33 on teleworking, as well as the sending of thousands of observation letters.