14 to 25 degrees, the large temperature difference in the workplace

“If an employee notices a defect, he can talk about it with the personnel representatives or with the labor inspectorate,” specifies Thierry Meillat, labor lawyer. stock.adobe.com

TESTIMONIALS – Between reluctance and heatstroke, some employees are subject to the choices of their employers. Le Figaro collected their feelings and their adaptation solutions.

Energy sobriety is also invited in companies. In view of the presentation of the government plan on Thursday, the Medef and the social partners transmitted their measures. Between them, “regulate (the) temperatures in the workplace“. The text recallsthe usefulness of optimizing the heating temperatures to 19 degrees“, A temperature that is not necessarily respected in companies. So how much do you make in your workplaces? Between 14 and 25 degrees, according to employees interviewed by Le Figaro, many of whom regret this situation.

I really had a hard time concentrating in this cold.“, Says Edgar *, 29 years old. Last week, this project manager consultant noticed a temperature between 15 and 16 degrees in his office. Despite three layers of clothing on his back, he recognizes that “the situation was complicated and painful“. His company turned on the heat on Monday, allowing him to reach 18 degrees.”It’s bearable, but since I’m a bit cold I keep a jacket or fleece“, he explains. Impossible to increase the thermostat, it is a collective system whose temperature is decided directly by his superiors.

Same observation for Lucas *, 26, administrative agent at the Bourges Plus urban community. “My office fluctuates between 16 and 18 degrees, I have to keep my coat on“, He complains. She adds that “this temperature is too low for working behind a desk“And that his”hands are cold to type on the keyboard“. To avoid the chills, the best solution is therefore”wear a tank top, fleece jacket, jacket and drink a hot drink“On the business side, there is no debate, warmingit will be turned on as late as possible to save moneyThat is, not before the end of October.

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More than 25 degrees in an open space

Faced with this situation, Lucas is currently realizing “search to see if it can perform [son] right of withdrawal“.”If the temperature drops below 15 degrees I will inform the unions to find out what measures to take“, Make an offer. An approach approved by Thierry Meillat, labor lawyer: “If an employee notices a defect, he can speak to the personnel representatives or the labor inspectorate.“”If your company has a social and economic committee, all the provisions relating to health and safety are associated with it», And can therefore intervene.

If the cold has a direct impact on work, other companies do not hesitate to overheat their premises. Victoire *, 23, recorded a temperature of 25.3 degrees on Monday in her open space. In your opinion, “22 degrees would be fine“But it is out of the question to go down to 19 degrees. “I don’t want to live in a refrigerator“, she laughs. The young woman notes that the warm-up provokes a lot of debate in her team by creating two clans: the pro-19 degrees and those against.”One of my colleagues simply uses electric heating, while another wants to open the windows in relation to COVID-19it’s fun for everyoneobserves Vittoria.

This argument sometimes gives rise to comical situations, such as in the company of Raphaël, who decided to limit the warming to 20 degrees, compared to 23 in previous years. In one of his tweets about him, he tells a recent anecdote:One of my co-workers asked very seriously if we could offer electric blankets to keep everyone from getting sick.“The clichés of office thermometers are multiplying on social networks. “Heating has become a real social problem, it is now at the center of all discussions between colleaguesVittoria concludes.

* Names have been changed.

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