AXA extends its smart working strategy globally

21 January 2021 — Alexandra GUZUN
AXA implements what it calls "smart working strategy" to all of its entities worldwide. The strategy is about a hybrid way of working and will be deployed by 2023, as a press release issued by AXA.

The hybrid strategy aims to combine remote work and office presence by enabling employees on a voluntary basis to work remotely with two days as a general guide. It will be applied by the end of this year in the major entities employing over 70% of AXA employees. The smart working strategy will also allow the employees which will want to fully work from the office or they need to as per the specificity of their job.

According to the press release, the program will include changes in management and training measures, adaptation of workspaces and provisions of IT equipment. The company will continue to pay attention to the autonomy and responsibility of teams, and to the cohesion and well-being of employees.

AXA stands that "this decision is 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 - 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 commented: "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. 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."

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