Although Publicis Groupe is requesting that its employees continue to work from home as much as possible, even if their cities ease lockdown rules, agency leaders at the Groupe are revealing plans to also begin reopening offices.
This approach depends largely on local situations that will be managed by corresponding country leads. In many cities, the Groupe is planning to open only one office per city, under strict protective measures.
Moreover, these offices will only be available for “exceptional circumstances,” such as tech support and key client meetings. They will also be open for those who are unable to work safely at home.
CEO/Chairman Arthur Sadoun mentioned in an internal video that although France’s lockdown ends Tuesday, May 12, the Groupe’s French offices will open two weeks later. This approach will continue to best protect its people, their families, and help fight the virus by limiting in-person contact and reducing pressure on public services.
The Groupe has formed a task force to assist with reopenings and new work approaches. A Groupe-wide survey showed that 90% of employees want to work differently than in pre-COVID-19 times. “We obviously will formulate a clear new-ways-of-working roadmap based on this input,” the company stated.