The rest of Europe may jump to the conclusion that it’s la belle vie
when it comes to the French working week, with the stereotypes of the 35 hour week and 2 hour lunches. However not all is as it seems, the 35 hour working week is often but words on a contract ignored not by employers but by employees. Many find 35 hours not enough time to get their work done, especially in sales roles where this extra work will mostly relate to extra commission! And as for the lunches you’re more likely to find your staff in McDo
than eating at the local bistro with a Coca Light not a glass of wine.
The average French employee works 6.1 hours more than the standard 35 hour ‘myth’ which is less than some of its European neighbours known for their work ethic. However it’s not all about time but also efficiency, as you can see from the 2nd
chart people obviously aren’t sat around munching on patisserie
However the French workforce also benefits from some of the best employee protection globally and excellent company benefits such as excellent healthcare, ticket resto
and half of all Greater Parisian transport paid for. That means half subsidised lunch (McDo
or elsewhere) and a 35 euro (27 GBP) monthly transport cost for the whole of Greater Paris (as of September 2015) as opposed to the £123 - £288 in Greater London.
… The conclusion is France is a country where the workforce work hard and because of that enjoys excellent benefits. If you’ve got the right attitude you can make it in a company and there is definitely money and job satisfaction to be found.
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