Is teleworking health?

“Like an endless movie”, sighed Monday evening Jean Castex, after having spelled out his new series of measures deployed to slow down the meteoric progression of the Omicron variant …
The Prime Minister is not wrong. Gauges for cultural and sporting gatherings, general wearing of masks in city centers, forbidden standing concerts, petitions in favor of vaccination, all of this has an air of deja vu, deja vu, deja vu. We are going in circles.
In this eternal and distressing restart, we will also have to return to teleworking, after companies and employees have radically turned away from it since the summer. Last September, only 2% of working people teleworked every day, up from 44% a year earlier. We returned to the office as we started shaking hands or kissing again, cramming into a concert hall or at the counter of a bistro.
There was something liberating about pushing open the door to work again, as if, after the summer break, we had come back to “The life before”. If there is anyone for whom working in close proximity with colleagues is a celebration, then for them, “La bamboche, c’est fine”
In its fight against the pandemic, the executive clearly attaches the same importance to telework as to vaccination. Note, however, that the obligation is to subscribe to the first but not to the second … Jean Castex insisted on the binding aspect of the measure announced Monday evening, and which will consist of allocating at least three and preferably four days of teleworking by week to employees.
This Tuesday, Elisabeth Borne, the Minister of Labor, clarified the thinking of the head of government by brandishing the sanctions and fines that will penalize recalcitrant or lagging companies.
If we put aside the health dimension, teleworking is probably one of the main revolutions caused in our societies by the Covid.
Studies of all kinds – and often contradictory – follow one another in an attempt to measure the impact at the individual and collective levels.
They conclude on the benefits of teleworking, by emphasizing productivity gains, increased working time and employee efficiency. Conversely also, they warn about the withdrawal into oneself of individuals, the deterioration of the mental health of employees or the dangerous disappearance of the collective. Ultimately, what the researchers suggest to us between the lines of their work is that it is too early.
Too early to know the effects of teleworking on our lives and therefore to establish it as a principle. « Work in progress », they say among the Anglo-Saxons …


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