VODZUKI – From reluctance to heatstroke, some employees depend on their employers’ choices. Le Figaro collected their feelings and decisions on adaptation.
Energetic sobriety is also invited in the company. In connection with the presentation of the government’s plan on Thursday, Medef and the social partners submitted their measures. Among them, “regulate the temperature in the workplace“. The text remindsthe utility of optimizing the heating temperature at 19 degrees”, a temperature that is not necessarily met in companies. So, how much does it make for your jobs? According to interviewed employees, from 14 to 25 degrees Le Figaro, many of them regret this situation.
“It was very difficult for me to concentrate in this cold.“, says Edgar *, 29 years old. Last week, this project manager consultant noted a temperature of about 15-16 degrees in his office. Despite three layers of clothing on his back, he admits that “the situation was difficult and painful“. On Monday, his company turned on the heating, allowing it to reach 18 degrees. “It’s tolerable, but since I’m quite cold, I keep a jacket or fleece“, he explains. It is impossible to increase the thermostat, it is a collective system, the temperature of which is determined directly by his superiors.
The same observation for Lucas *, 26, administrative agent at Bourges Plus urban community. “In my office the temperature ranges from 16 to 18 degrees, I have to keep my coat on“, he laments. He adds that “this temperature is too cold to work at a desk” and that his “hands are cold to type on the keyboard“. To avoid shivering, the best solution is “put on a T-shirt, a fleece jacket, a jacket and a hot drink“. As for business, there is no debate, heatingwill be lit as late as possible to save money“, that is, no earlier than the end of October.
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More than 25 degrees in open space
Faced with this situation, Lucas now understands “research to see when he can perform [son] right of refusal“. “If the temperature drops below 15 degrees I will notify the unions to see what action to take” he suggests. An approach endorsed by employment lawyer Thierry Mayo: “If the worker notices a defect, he can contact the employees or the labor inspectorate.» «If your company has a social and economic committee, it is linked to all provisions relating to health and safety“, and therefore can interfere.
If the cold directly affects work, other companies do not hesitate to overheat their premises. Victoire*, 23, recorded a temperature of 25.3 degrees on Monday in her outdoor space. According to her, “22 degrees will do“But lowering to 19 degrees is out of the question. “I don’t want to live in a cooler“, she laughs. The young woman notices that heating causes a lot of controversy in her team with the creation of two clans: supporters of 19 degrees and those who are against. “One of my colleagues just uses electric heating, and the other wants to open the windows in relation to Corona virus infection covid-19it’s fun for everyoneobserves Victoire.
This topic sometimes gives rise to comical situations, as in Raphael’s company, which decided to limit heating to 20 degrees against 23 in previous years. In one of his tweets, he tells a recent anecdote:One of my colleagues asked very seriously if we could offer electric blankets to keep everyone from getting sick.“The clichés of thermometers in the office are multiplying on social networks. “Heating has become a real social problem, it is now at the center of all discussions between colleagues– concludes Victoire.
* Names have been changed.
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