Alcatel-Lucent Introduce Teleworking Following Union Agreement

Alcatel-Lucent has agreed a teleworking deal for staff to promote home telecommuting with all the unions present in the company (CFDT, CGT, CFTC, CFE-CGC and FO). This innovative agreement offers employees of the different units and sites of Alcatel-Lucent France the possibility of working from their home one to two days a week provided the employees agree to do so and that their activity is eligible for telecommuting. This agreement makes every telecommuter an ambassador of his/her own Alcatel-Lucent products and solutions (such as collaborative enterprise applications).

This agreement results from several trials conducted since 2003 within the sites of Vélizy and then Villarceaux, both in the Paris area. It will progressively be implemented site by site throughout 2008 in France.

Broadband technologies will enable employees to improve their work/life balance through greater flexibility in how to organize their work. In addition, home telecommuting is in line with Alcatel-Lucent’s actions in favour of sustainable development, among others by contributing to reducing polluting emissions, in particular by limiting the travel of its employees in Ile-de-France (Paris Region).

“As a world leader of broadband technologies, Alcatel-Lucent wanted to contribute to new ways of working by developing telecommuting initiatives. In 2007, a workgroup and studies associating unions and occupational physicians provided an indication of the impact of telecommuting on the organization of teams and their productivity. Today, nearly 500 employees based in the Paris area are already trialing telecommuting one to two days per week’’ states Jean-Christophe Giroux, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent France. “The signing of this agreement confirms Alcatel-Lucent’s desire to be a socially responsible company that combines technological know-how, corporate competitiveness and responsibility in terms of sustainable development”.

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