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“Long before the pandemic, we always left the option of working remotely part-time or as needed,” says Guillaume Genest, Partner and Managing Director of Solutions Consortech. (Image: 123RF)
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from: Guillaume Genest, Partner, General Manager
a company: Consortium solutions
section: Professional services
From 11 to 49 employees
What formula was adopted?
Remote work only
Tell us where your employees usually work
Was this the formula applied before February 2020?
no. Long before the pandemic, we were always left with the option of working remotely part-time or as needed. In November 2019, we invested in new offices adapted to current tastes, and once the pandemic hit, remote working continued. Employees no longer want to return to their offices, despite various attempts, except for one day every 3-4 weeks. Given the low-use rental costs and employees’ desire not to return to the office, we decided to waive the lease.
What factors, policies, and provisions make this formula right for your business?
- An openness to remote work that dates back to before the pandemic.
- Technological infrastructure conducive to remote work.
- Nature of work performed, i.e. consulting services performed with clients across North America and 100% virtual. Conducting a 3-hour virtual work session while in the office or at home changes nothing for the employee.
Will the organization of work change in the coming months?
Yes. We still strive to improve the enjoyment of work, collaboration and exchanges between colleagues in a 100% virtual context.
What is your position regarding remote work, face-to-face work, and hybrid work?
I am against forcing employees to return to work in person. I am in favor of giving freedom of choice. I also realize that some work contexts make it possible to keep employees working remotely at all times. So I support having an open letter in which the employer expresses their expectations and goals and employees find the solution that works best for them.
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