AXA commits to long-term flexible working

AXA has announced plans to extend its flexible working strategy to all of its operations, implementing a hybrid way of working, combining remote work and office presence by offering employees the option to work remotely two days a week.

The company says these principles will be deployed by 2023, and applied by the end of this year in the major entities employing over 70% of AXA employees. The program will include change management and training measures, adaptation of workspaces and provision of IT equipment. Particular attention will be paid to the autonomy and responsibility of teams, and to the cohesion and well-being of employees. Smart working will not preclude eligible employees to work full time in office if they want to or need to depending on the specificity of their job.

This decision is based on what AXA says has been a successful implementation of remote working – with 38% of employees regularly working from home prior to the crisis, and 90% of them wishing to increase the practice of remote working in the future – as well as on the experience gained during the COVID-19 health crisis during which full remote working guaranteed operational continuity.

Karima Silvent, chief human resources officer at AXA, said: “The pandemic has been a tipping point in our working methods. Continued investments in our digital transformation made it possible to massively recourse to remote working during the crisis, which confirmed the resilience of our organisation in an unprecedented context. This crisis has also reminded us of the importance of having places in which we can meet and work together.”

“By extending our smart working strategy, we want to adapt our organisation to the post-COVID era and offer our employees a balanced framework that combines the flexibility of remote work, while keeping the office as an important anchor for social interactions and community building.”

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