Challenges – The study on elected staff members facing the crisis points to a paradox: social dialogue has clearly intensified in recent weeks in companies. However, elected officials seem very frustrated at the time of deconfinement. Why?
Jean-Claude Delgenes – The elected officials have shown a strong spirit of responsibility which is manifested by the support for the emergency measures taken by their directorates on the continuation of activity or the working time. And this, even though many of them have observed abuses in the deployment of certain measures, in particular that of short-time working, which raise questions from an ethical point of view. The big problem for them was that they received less technical assistance in the face of legal developments, which slowed them down to weigh in the debates in the face of departments with often very vertical decision logic. The other big frustration was the difficulty in maintaining contact with employees for nearly 60% of them.
Are these difficulties not shared by the management, which also had to adapt on the fly?
Of course. The crisis has been a source of stress for them too. To reassure themselves, many of them hastened to draw up emergency plans without taking the opportunity to open a dialogue with elected officials, occupational health services or