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Remote working and companies’ initiatives

20 July 2020
Siemens plans long-term policy of 2 to 3 days per week of remote working for all
On Thursday 16 July, the German multinational unveiled a plan that will see two to three days of remote working become the norm for at least 140,000 of its employees. Developed in the wake of the pandemic, during which remote working has been practiced and experimented on a large scale, the plan has been dubbed the “New Normal Working Model”. It is geared towards promoting employee well-being and the transition from a management centred on “presence” to a results-based approach.
Remote working and companies' initiatives
14 July 2020
Hungary: Vodafone offers option of permanent remote work to employees in telephone customer services
Since the beginning of July, the Hungarian subsidiary of telecommunications group Vodafone has been offering its telephone customer service staff the opportunity to continue working from home after the pandemic, should they opt to sign up. The introduction of remote working in this area of operations had taken longer than for other employees, who were already equipped to work remotely. However once the necessary steps were taken, the company saw no reason not to continue in this vein. Initially, 50% of such staff...
Remote working and companies' initiatives
13 July 2020
Italy: Sanofi agreement with trade unions boosts agile working
The agreement signed at the end of May by management at the Italian subsidiary of French pharmaceutical group Sanofi and the Filctem-Cgil, Femca-Cisl and Uiltec unions is unique in Italy. It allows employees at the company’s headquarters (excluding scientific representatives and production site staff) to practise so-called ‘smart working’ for up to 5 days a week until 31 December 2020, with equipment provided to facilitate working from home. For the group, these changes are not solely about fostering remote...
Remote working and companies' initiatives
22 June 2020
Brazil: Petrobras weighs up permanent remote working arrangements for administrative staff
This is what the public Brazilian petroleum corporation told Reuters following the lifting of lockdown in the country. The conditions are still to be defined, but the objective is to offer every administrative employee the option to work remotely. According to Petrobras, the experiment has proved successful in terms of productivity and has revealed potential avenues to reduce office costs as the company works to reduce its operational costs. Remote working will be voluntary, although the company anticipates that...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19 Remote working and companies' initiatives
7 May 2020
PSA to make teleworking the benchmark for non-production activities.
‘The lessons learned from the general implementation of teleworking are helping to accelerate the transformation of the company’s operating methods in favour of greater agility and efficiency for employees’, explained the French automaker in a press release issued on 06 May, announcing the launch of its ambitious ‘New Era for Agility’ project to overhaul the way people work by making telework ‘the benchmark for activities not directly related to production.’
Managing the fallout of Covid-19 Remote working and companies' initiatives
26 February 2019
Spain: Vodafone agreement over 1,000 job loss plan
Vodafone Spain is set to implement its plan to wield the redundancy axe. The relevant trade unions: CCOO, UGT, and STC, have agreed to a social plan that intends for the Vodafone Spain workforce to be cut by 20%, making the equivalent of a maximum of 1,000 job cuts in 2019. Job loss compensation will be up to 50 days pay for each career year.
Remote working and companies' initiatives