FRANCE: Telework in 2021 and its impact on work and health

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The health crisis has led to an unprecedented expansion of telework. In January 2021, 27% of employees were teleworking, compared to 4% in 2019; 8 out of 10 teleworkers wish to continue to do so, although with a reduced intensity. This is what the DARES (Directorate of animation of research, studies and statistics, department of the Ministry of Labour) reveals in its analyses, the February 2022 issue of which focuses on “Telework during the health crisis – What practices in January 2021? What impacts on work and health?”.

At the beginning of 2021, 7 out of 10 teleworkers have a regular practice which increases autonomy, but results in shifted hours and longer working hours. Telework is associated with more pain and sleep disorders. The experience of telework varies from person to person. For teleworkers who have little or no equipment for remote work, social support deteriorates as well as other psychosocial risks and health problems. For women and civil servants, telework causes more difficulties than for private sector employees. Those who do not telework much or at all at the beginning of 2021, whereas they used to do so between March and December 2020, have working conditions close to those of all employees.

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