Sadoun commented within the video on a few of the “excessive positions” different corporations like Twitter and Netflix have taken of their return-to-office plans—i.e. Twitter declared a everlasting distant working mannequin whereas Netflix Co-CEO, Chairman and Founder Reed Hastings referred to as distant work a “pure damaging.”
“For as soon as, I’m not going to be controversial and don’t stand in both of these camps,” Sadoun mentioned. “What is definite is that Publicis won’t be a Zoom firm. Nor will Publicis be a 100% in-office firm.”
He added that “as soon as we’ve a vaccine, and never earlier than,” Publicis places of work will again as “as our major place of job.”
“Whereas we’ve realized how you can work successfully remotely, we’ve additionally seen its limitations,” Sadoun mentioned. “And as soon as we’ve a vaccine, we might want to get again to our places of work to unleash our shared potential, to realize greater than what we are able to do alone, protect the tradition of our companies, and to work for one thing better than ourselves.”
It isn’t fully clear how distant work might be built-in into the corporate’s mannequin. Sadoun famous that “there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all resolution” and that Chief Expertise Officer Emmanuel Andre “and his workforce are working exhausting with a lot of you to supply clear path on what the way forward for work might be.” He mentioned Publicis will share “clear tips” on that entrance by the tip of the 12 months.
Sadoun additionally mentioned he is gotten again to touring, as is obvious from his Chicago location within the video. He famous that over the previous few weeks, he is “met with a lot of you world wide.” That initiative began in France and expanded to 25 in-person conferences within the U.S. with “people who had been comfy coming in,” in response to Sadoun.
“Regardless of the very strict sanitary measures that required masks and three meters of distance between us,” he mentioned, “it was so good to lastly see one another, hear dialog and snigger a bit, and really feel the fervour and power of a stay group dynamic.”
Sadoun mentioned these conferences allowed him to grasp how totally different persons are experiencing the pandemic and new working state of affairs. He mentioned the corporate has realized that 25% of its staff have younger youngsters at residence; 30% are underneath 30 years outdated and due to this fact “it’s our administration’s duty to make sure that you don’t change into invisible so you may proceed to progress in your careers”; and a stunning 60% live alone, which “makes the results of isolation better.”
In keeping with Sadoun, all of Publicis Groupe’s workers in China have returned to the workplace, 20% have returned in Europe, however solely 3% have returned within the U.S.
Sadoun concludes the video by asserting that the corporate might be giving all U.S. staff a full week off for the Thanksgiving vacation in recognition of “how troublesome this 12 months has been.”