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13 June 2022
France: Sage opens up remote work to all employees
The French subsidiary of Sage, the provider of business resource planning software, has signed a new agreement on remote working, with the CFTC, CFDT and CFE-CGC trade unions, in order to foster a hybrid working model. Applicable as of 1 June, this agreement now allows all employees to work remotely. It also...
10 June 2022
Spain: Telefónica adopts four-day week in exchange for pay cut
Following a trial period that lasted several months, Spain’s leading telecommunications operator Telefónica is to extend the opportunity to work four days per week. The so-called “jornada semanal flexible bonificada” (flexible working week with bonus) will be open to the group’s 18,000 employees in Spain. Under the terms and conditions negotiated with employee representatives, the transition to a four-day week will always be voluntary. Employees that take up the option will see their wages...
20 May 2022
France: “We completely revamped our offices based on the use cases we identified,” Talan HR director Nicolas Recapet (interview)
Amid the rise of remote work, Paris-based IT innovation and transformation consulting group Talan is to relocate to new offices that are more suited to collaborative work and meeting the group’s CSR challenges. Nicolas Recapet, Talan’s group director of organisation and human resources, tells Planet Labor about the objectives that led the company to rethink its workspaces...
18 May 2022
Germany: SAP pilots ‘Focus Friday’, to encourage a meeting-free end to the week
Following a number of trials, the German and European leading multinational software corporation has decided to extend the “Focus Friday” principle of to all its German employees. Starting on 20 May, unecessary meetings and video conferences will be postponed or cancelled, in order to increase employees’ peace of mind and productivity.
17 May 2022
United States: Goldman Sachs giving executives unlimited vacation time
In an internal memo dated 22 April, investment bank Goldman Sachs announced it was implementing a new ‘flexible vacation’ scheme for its partners and managing directors, who will be free to ‘take time off when needed’. Junior associates won’t benefit from this but will get an extra two days off per year. The memo also states that from 2023 onwards, all staff will be required to take at least 15 working days off each year and which includes one period of five continuous working days.
17 May 2022
Great Britain: Tesco Supermarket tests flexible office rental in its retail spaces
Office space and desks just behind the hair care or the cereals aisles? This is a new idea that Tesco is testing in May in one of its London supermarkets as it partners with the office management company IWG, and extracts some benefits from the hybrid work boom in a move that could subsequently be developed throughout the country if it proves successful.
13 May 2022
Japan: adoption of four-day week progresses slowly
While some large companies in Japan have announced plans to transition to a four-day week, in accordance with the government’s recommendations, this new model for work organisation is struggling to gain a foothold in practice. In particular, the model is having to contend with the tradition of long hours in the office and the habit of working overtime, which are strongly rooted in Japanese culture.
6 May 2022
United Kingdom: PwC extends summer working hours policy
From 1 June to 31 August this year, the 22,000 UK employees of auditing and consulting giant PwC will be able to finish their working week at lunchtime every Friday. The move announced on 4 May marks an extension of the so-called “summer working hours” scheme, which was trialled in July and August last year (see article n°12455), and proved to be a huge success. “We knew summer working hours would be popular with our people, but the positive impact on wellbeing surpassed expectations,”...
3 May 2022
Airbnb will offer employees maximum flexibility in choosing their place of work
On 28 April, the private home subletting platform Airbnb informed its employees (global headcount of just 6,000 in 2021) of a revolutionary change to its work organisation that includes autonomy over teleworking arrangements, possibilities for moving location within a country with no change in salary, the right to work abroad for extended periods several times a year, and more… Airbnb intends to embrace the ‘flexibility’ factor in order to attract ‘the best talents’ and learn from the Covid period.