’80 000 PSA employees to work from home after lockdown’
French carmaker group PSA announced its ambition to continue promoting telework among its employees after the lockdown lifts. The coronavirus health crisis forced a good part of the group’s workforce to work from home. According to PSA, 80 000 employees worldwide are potentially concerned.
During the Covid-19 health crisis, employers all around Europe were encouraged to promote telework to respect social distancing. French car manufacturing group PSA had already signed an agreement with unions in January, in which telework played a good part. With the coronavirus, its number of employees working from home went up from 18 000 to 38 000.
Continue with telework
“Strengthened by the efficient measures already taken and the feedback in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, PSA group decided to strengthen telework and make it the benchmark for activities not directly linked with production,” writes the group in a press release.
As the lockdown lifts up and plants reopen, a small number of employees will come back on site. But after a construction phase in May and June, in conjunction with unions, PSA hopes to deploy its new telework organization for all administrative, commercial, and R&D functions.
80 000 employees concerned
“The stake of this endeavor is to have a complementarity between telework and on-site work. It changes the relationship to work and the workplace,” notes Xavier Chéreau, head of Human Resources at PSA. All in all, around 80 000 employees out of 200 000 worldwide could be concerned with this new work organization.
The head of HR also adds that telework reduces drastically the stress linked to public transport, and allows for more flexibility in terms of housing. “In addition to that, we will develop co-working spaces and improve working conditions on our sites,” ends Mr. Chéreau.