Presenteeism in power
The Commission takes a contradictory stance in its staff policy. On the one hand it wants to empower staff, on the other hand, as a sign of distrust, it wants everyone to record working time. Therefore we ask the question "What is the value of being present if the performance is not at the rendezvous?" In our opinion, the control of the working time is not an end in itself. On the contrary, it is much more important to empower and motivate staff. What really matters are the objectives and results of the organization. By making working time recording a goal in itself, the Commission runs the risk that its staff will meet the time requirements but not the organizational objectives. Therefore, the Commission should promote a modern work organization with less control but with more responsibility and trust in the staff. We want the debate to take place not only in terms of profitability, but also in terms of social objectives. It is only then that new ways of working will no longer be considered as a threat but as a challenge.
Constructive social dialogue is a good framework for collective achievable solutions relating to contemporary forms of work: time recording, telework, part-time work and job sharing for executives.
In 1968 it was the imagination in power; today this notion of all power to the imagination has been replaced by all power to control. This is not a step forward for an administrative organization claiming to be among the best in the world.