At the end of November, I had the chance to attend two complementary meetings, in Occitanie, which shed new light on the challenges of local development, in connection with the deployment of telecentres.
The first concerned the meeting of ambassadors, partners and affiliates of the Relais d’Entreprises network who were meeting for the second time since the company’s creation. Nearly a hundred people gathered at Portet sur Garonne, in the suburbs of Toulouse, to discuss telework, the development of telecenters and their place and collaboration with the territories. Several elected officials were also present to bring their testimonies and points of view on the subject by insisting on the role of territorial animator, creator at the same time of wealth, development and encouraging the residential economy associated with the telecenters.
Some operators said they saw a growing demand for telework, which, although still weak, was beginning to assert itself. He also noted that companies did not necessarily want this to be too much noise, especially with their staff. Organizational constraints, particularly hierarchical, are still very significant.
The context is indeed favorable to such a demand with alarmist reports on the environment and the constant rise in the cost of energies. The constraint undergone can certainly be optimized by the company which will benefit from CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), better productivity and recovery of carbon dioxide not consumed, particularly through energy saving certificates. (CEE) produced by EDF, another partner of Relais d’Entreprises well present during this stay.
The second was part of a seminar on “Smart Villages” organized by Ruralitic. It made it possible to measure the convergent implications of the local authorities, the Haute Garonne and the Occitanie region in order to organize a structured third-party offer allowing, first of all, to provide an alternative that is supposed to provide for commuting mobility. deploying a network of places contributing to local, especially economic, animation and anticipating the accessibility of services, in connection with the deployment of very high speed, which will undoubtedly be deployed. These notions of rebalancing between territories are at the center of the debates, especially since the organizations have been rather mistreated by the laws and today defend the idea of living, working, having fun close to home. being a part of the world is no longer incongruous. An inter-municipal president also said “the greatest service we can provide to our citizens is to travel less in order to save time for themselves, their families and the community”. Another added that “investing in telework is more relevant than building new infrastructure to accelerate physical mobility that is expensive in terms of investment and operation. The fact that the Relais d’Entreprises local network is cited as an example is, first of all, the sign of a professional recognition and, secondly, a real added value.
We even note that large local companies are participating in the reflection considering that teleworking is a tool for employee loyalty, that it allows a better balance between private and professional life and that it allows to position the company as a stakeholder of its territory, particularly in the context of cross-examination of travel plans.
The Relais d’Entreprises adventure begins to take root in the territories, having taken the bet, before others, that there was a possible alternative in rural and peri-urban areas.