And teleworking has put an end to rush hour …

For years, office workers have had little hidden advantages: the ability to photocopy documents requested by an administration, the ability to print a form requested by the school or to slip a few envelopes in the mail when leaving the school. company to save stamps. But, since the confinement, those who have tasted telework have realized the hidden benefits of not going to the office.

Working at home means being able to peel potatoes in masked time during a teleconference, to lay down a machine during a call that goes on forever. Above all, the new home workers have discovered the tranquility of supermarkets at the end of the morning and tell you that at Intersport there are a lot less people on weekdays, as if it were a hitherto well-kept secret. Visio at 11 am for work. Beautician at 11:45 a.m.

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In teleworking, we call it “taking a break”, not “abandoning your post”. We are going to clear our heads while shopping for dinner as we would go to the coffee machine. At his own risk, as a HRD reminds us: the employee must be operational and available during the hours set by the employer. And if he is stamped by a supermarket cart, he will not be able to claim an accident at work.

Smoothing out attendance

But periods of confinement have accustomed us to our interlocutors having a personal life, and it has become easier to assume answering the phone while we are shopping without trying to muffle the sound of the announcements. supermarket promotion in the background. Many service and distribution companies have realized this.

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We meet people at Leroy Merlin at any time of the day. Remote working has crushed rush hours. “Since the generalization of teleworking, Monoprix has, in fact, observed an evolution in store visits. This results in a smoothing over the day with a less marked peak in attendance observed at midday ”, confirms the distributor. Same observation with Truffaut, according to its president, Gilles Mollard: “The active workers who used to come to the store at the end of the day now also come in the morning. “

“There are no more Saturdays,” notes a hairdresser from Hesdin, in Pas-de-Calais.

Fishmonger present on markets of the 13e and 14e Parisian arrondissements, Fabian now sees clients during the week that he had only met on weekends, “Young parents who come to look for something to make meals for lunch and dinner. They [lui] say they work at home and have time to cook ”. Even in transport, there is an effect of teleworking, which makes it possible to avoid rushes: in June, while the number of SNCF transiliens at peak hours had fallen to 50%, the number of people at off-peak hours had increased. .

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