Telework: a well-arranged “at home” work environment

The work is invited “at home” with generalized telework. Since 30 October, containment has been imposed again on the territory. It involves companies setting up telework for their employees. Indeed, the government has announced that in the current context the use of telework must be systematically applied as soon as possible. Until now, this trend for telecommuting has been relatively uncommon in companies. Today, it is a necessity and a reality that must be confronted while addressing the challenges that come with it.

Widespread telecommuting or the development of a new way of working

Originally from the United States, the telework trend has developed timidly over the years. It arrived thanks to new philosophies in the workplace. Indeed, we have seen changes in the latter with the arrival of the new generation. In particular, it wants more flexibility and freedom and “at home” work can be a modern and appropriate response. The implementation of the latter was until now quite slowed down and criticized because of a general philosophy of presenteeism and control within the company. However, today, for the most part, it is no longer a choice but an obligation to be addressed and adapted to address current economic challenges.

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It is essential to maintain a good work-life balance by creating a dedicated work space

For some, it will be said that the generalization of telework has advantages. For example, it can provide a better lifestyle for employees and employers. Indeed, this “at home” work mode can be less stressful. There is no more transportation to take to work. Avoiding this constraint makes it more effective, less time-wasting and reduce fatigue. In addition, thanks to the flexibility of telework, people live more. They spend more time on family life and leisure activities. With telework, there is also a real sense of freedom in managing one’s schedule and the way it works.

But it’s not easy for everyone to keep up. It is in this sense that telework has limits. By teleworking “at home”, the employee can quickly feel isolated and lack motivation. Strict discipline must also be imposed in a setting that can quickly distract it from external interactions or a lack of suitable equipment (1).

Redesigned and optimized interiors for “at home” work

Thus, with widespread telework, 43% of French people noticed that they did not have a dedicated workspace (2). However, in order to be able to work well “at home”, it is essential to have a framework that lends itself to it. Indeed, an orderly and appropriate framework will promote well-being and productivity. At home, the work environment must become inspiring and motivating. If this is a need felt by employees it is also an issue for business leaders. Indeed, the latter, as part of a CSR policy, must offer optimal working conditions to their employees. In particular, they must help and accompany them to create pleasant and quiet spaces.

To provide an answer to this issue, the architect Cyril Rheims proposes his skills in order to accompany this professional upheaval. Since its inception more than fifteen years ago, it has redeveloped more than a hundred apartments. His clients include CapGemini. Supported by a team of carpenters, he accompanies individuals and businesses in the design of their workspaces. With custom projects, all the changes seem possible. Each space is optimized and designed for “at home” work (2).

The new challenges following the generalization of telework are therefore in the setting up of a space dedicated to work. It must distinguish between personal and professional life. This is a turning point for architects, building professionals and furniture professionals. They need to rethink space by combining two aspects, housing and the workplace. In the New Aquitaine region, there is also the company, which offers ergonomic office equipment. The aim is to enable all those who want to promote well-being and productivity in telework (3).

With the COVID-19 crisis, we see the entire labour sector reinventing itself to meet the current constraints of widespread telework. But there are other issues involved. Indeed, around the implementation of telework it is just as many professions that must be visionary to meet the new problems of the latter. The trades adapt to accompany the changes in society. Thus, offices are designed to “invade” our living rooms in an ingenious way and to offer us, between family and business life, a comfort and a fair balance.



(2) Press release – Cyril Rheims Pop and Contemporary Architecture Agency


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