Teleworking is a real alternative when employee travel is restricted. The promises of telework are numerous. For companies, it is synonymous with flexibility in working methods and occupancy of premises; many companies are thinking of reducing their occupied surface and favoring the rental of flexible offices. However, teleworking also involves a certain number of psychosocial risks for employees: loneliness, cognitive overload linked to the processing of too much information, inability to reconcile private and professional life. These risks were reinforced during the two lockdowns which deeply upset the organization of companies. Managers were forced to show agility, and employees have developed a form of resilience. Discussions between the social partners therefore focus on the various challenges of teleworking (the right of employees to telework, how to implement it and the means to supervise it). In this article, we will try to determine what the challenges of teleworking may be in economic, social and environmental terms.

An Economic Issue

For employees, managers and directors, this is undoubtedly the most important issue of teleworking. Numerous studies now show that real savings have been made with the introduction of teleworking, particularly on the human resources aspect.

Indeed, teleworking generates fewer delays, absenteeism and more productivity.

The significant reduction in transportation costs, along with the significant reduction in staff meal costs, allows employees to see the real budget gap.

A Social Issue

For some employees, teleworking is more than hoped for, it represents real value in what is called well-being at work. They do not think that teleworking is a constraint, but an opportunity to restore the balance between professional and personal life. On the contrary, other employees are reluctant to work remotely, and feel that they need a professional framework around them.

It is for these two reasons that it is complicated, even more today with the health events we are going through, to force telework. While it can be an opportunity for some, it can become an, almost torture for others. To overcome these problems, many companies are now turning to the rental of atypical offices which offer a working environment that is both pleasant and professional, ideal for developing its activity. However, the layout of these workspaces must be attractive enough to encourage teleworkers to return to the site.

An Environmental Issue

Reducing or even stopping employee travel is a blessing for our planet. This has resulted in lower CO2 emissions, the same goes for companies that no longer need to run their servers when they no longer have so many workstations to run on their premises.

An important question of the challenges of teleworking nevertheless remains unanswered: that of maintaining teleworking. For the US tech giants, the consensus seems to be on a hybrid model. Indeed, Uber and Microsoft have already announced the reopening of certain offices while allowing their employees to still work at home. Google has indicated that it is studying the implementation of a “flexible work week” with three days at the office and the rest at home. As for Facebook, it could allow half of its employees to telecommute 100% in the coming years. At Twitter, all employees should even be able to work remotely.…

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Appreciated by companies from very different backgrounds, by independent workers and larger structures, coworking offers a range of significant advantages. Renting a collaborative workspace is an inexpensive solution compared to renting offices for the year. In addition, it is possible to choose an office space according to your workforce: it is a guarantee of flexibility. Also, the simple fact of changing the workplace offers multiple benefits on productivity and comfort. Coworkers can bond with each other, exchange ideas and contribute positive energy, ideal for increasing creativity.

The promotion of your company and its image

If coworking contributes to enhancing the image of your company, it is because it positions it as a structure that ensures the well-being of its employees. Indeed, well-being at work is a very topical subject, taken seriously by health organizations.

By offering employees a way of working based on sharing, communication and which makes it possible to break loneliness, your company is committed to people and quality relationships in the company.

But it is also a way to make yourself visible: it is you who welcome professionals to your space. This is a way to boost your communication, whether through your visibility or even the event dimension (conferences, etc.) provided by an open and shared space such as yours.

Human openness for your employees

Coworking is a way of approaching work differently and moving from individual offices to an open space. Thanks to an ideal professional cohabitation, employees or entrepreneurs who use this way of working, can exchange and share tips between coworkers, get out of isolation, but also collect advice or feedback.

It is often a real professional network that is set up thanks to coworking, just as it contributes to the development of essential human qualities in a company: listening, empathy, openness and sociability.

You join a collaborative community

When you join a coworking center, you become part of a community. You are an integral part of a group of people who are passionate about their work and their sector of activity. In addition, coworking opens the doors to an important network whether it is to work together on a project, to find new clients, or to help each other by sharing each other’s experiences.

Shared space – Pooling of costs

The entrepreneur who wants to take a shared office for his activity does so mainly for economic reasons. Indeed, coworking platforms are there to facilitate the establishment of young companies by sharing expenses.

If a collaborative workspace allows the entrepreneur to have a physical place where to work serenely, it especially allows him to have this space at a lower cost than if it were a solitary office. In the price of an office rental, the coworking space offers you a private or collective office, but also takes care of electricity, water, internet connection.

Important services offered

In addition to a workspace, flexible offices often offer access to many services such as meeting rooms, spaces adapted to receive potential clients or associates and often include an equipped and functional kitchen to be able to organize your meeting. working day without having to go out to eat.

The operators of coworking spaces also offer certain activities such as dance and sports lessons, in order to allow coworkers to remain dynamic.

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