AXA announced it plans to extend its smart working strategy worldwide, with an aim to implement a hybrid way of working which combines remote work and office presence.
The strategy will enable employees to work remotely on a voluntary basis, with two days as a general guide, and will be deployed by 2023. It will however be applied to the major entities employing over 70% of AXA employees by the end of this year.
The program will include change management and training measures, as well as the adaptation of workspaces and the 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.
According to AXA, smart working will not preclude eligible employees to work full-time in an office if they want to, or if they need to depending on the specificity of their job.
It added that the decision was based on the “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.
It also cited the experience gained during the Covid-19 health crisis, during which full remote working “guaranteed operational continuity”.
Karima Silvent, chief human resources officer, said: “The Covid-19 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 organization in an unprecedented context.
“Moreover, this crisis has reminded us of the importance of having places in which we can meet and work together.”
She added: “By extending our smart working strategy, we want to adapt our organization 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. This is a new step in our overall ambition to become one of the best companies to work for.”