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    French deemed 'too lazy' for Swiss recruiters

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    French deemed 'too lazy' for Swiss recruiters

    Swiss recruitment firms are shunning French candidates because they are deemed "too lazy" and "arrogant" and have a penchant for ringing in sick on Mondays and Fridays, according to reports in a Swiss newspaper this week.
    Published: 29 Jul 2013 15:33 CET


    The French have come under the cosh for their work ethic in recent months. In February, outspoken American CEO Maurice Taylor accused French factory workers of spending most of their time at work talking and now it is the turn of the Swiss to cast aspersions on how hard the French work.
    This week, a Swiss paper provoked headlines and more soul searching in France by claiming recruitment firms in the country are shunning the French because they are perceived to be too “lazy and arrogant”.
    Le Matin Dimanche reported that Swiss recruitment firms are including the requirement “Swiss or resident in Switzerland” in job adverts to avoid being inundated by French applicants.
    Recruitment agencies interviewed by the newspaper say they include the condition in order to meet with the desires of their clients, who have a less than flattering view of the French.
    The newspaper quotes the head of recruitment at a medium sized construction firm, who complains that the French staff are often ill on Mondays or Fridays and they have a "vengeful" attitude.
    "There's always a problem. It's totally different with the Spanish and the Portuguese," the head of the recruitment tells the newspaper anonymously.
    French are boycotted
    Le Matin Dimanche writes that “In areas like construction… The French are boycotted: They are judged to be lazy and grumpy and pretentious by the companies".
    Including a condition that stipulates candidates must be "Swiss or resident in Switzerland" is in fact against the law because of the 1999 agreement Switzerland signed with the EU over freedom of movement that requires citizens of both countries be treated equally.
    To avoid breaking the laws Le Matin Dimanche said recruitment firms would often demand applicants must have a high level of German even when it is not needed, knowing this will reduce the chances of a French candidate applying.
    The Swiss newspaper also claims that Swiss banks are put off recruiting French workers, because they are worried they might turn into whistleblowers.
    This follows the recent case of Pierre Condamin-Gerbier, the former employee of Reyl and Cie bank, who recently handed over to authorities in Paris a list of French politicians he claimed had secret bank accounts in Switzerland.
    The French work ethnic has not just come under scrutiny from foreigners.
    French author Aurélie Boullet (alias Zoé Shepard) caused uproar when she published the book ‘Absolument Dé-bor-dée!’ (‘Absolutely Snowed Under!’), an ironic account of work in a fictional town hall, based on her own experience.
    Boullet told The Local earlier this year that although the French did have certain issues such as an obsession with meetings, it was nevertheless unfair to criticize the work ethic of all French people.
    “There’s no single work ethic in France, but rather there are many,” she said. “It depends on the people directing a company. Some [directors] inspire a real energy, instilling a “quality” approach – with regular assessments to see if the client and the public are satisfied.”


    Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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    Re: French deemed 'too lazy' for Swiss recruiters

    But look on the bright side. France is rejecting Swiss applicants for being too anal retentive.
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    Re: French deemed 'too lazy' for Swiss recruiters

    Well to be fair they are lazy and arrogance is just French culture. French bureaucracy isn't slow because it is big but rather because they are lazy. Apparently your lucky if you get some guy to fix your cable within a month. Though if they were that lazy they wouldn't be one of the wealthiest countries in thew world now would they.

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    Re: French deemed 'too lazy' for Swiss recruiters

    Lol at the American CEO calling out the French. I don't have any experience with the French but I doubt they are any worse than what the average American has become.

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    I've been telling people for decades the French are no good. Glad somebody finally believes me.
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    Re: French deemed 'too lazy' for Swiss recruiters

    Quote Originally Posted by Naptyme View Post
    Lol at the American CEO calling out the French. I don't have any experience with the French but I doubt they are any worse than what the average American has become.
    You are correct, I am pretty damned sure you cannot get much more lazy and worthless than CEOs or middle management types here in the US. They have two speeds, nothing and screwing stuff up.

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    Re: French deemed 'too lazy' for Swiss recruiters

    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    Well to be fair they are lazy and arrogance is just French culture. French bureaucracy isn't slow because it is big but rather because they are lazy. Apparently your lucky if you get some guy to fix your cable within a month. Though if they were that lazy they wouldn't be one of the wealthiest countries in thew world now would they.
    They didn't make the top 10 according to Forbes. Switzerland did. Maybe they're on to something. In my experience, they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tererun View Post
    You are correct, I am pretty damned sure you cannot get much more lazy and worthless than CEOs or middle management types here in the US. They have two speeds, nothing and screwing stuff up.
    I agree with you on that, but it doesn't end at management.

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    Re: French deemed 'too lazy' for Swiss recruiters

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    They didn't make the top 10 according to Forbes. Switzerland did. Maybe they're on to something. In my experience, they are.
    Well if you look at wealth per capita they are 4th in the world.

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    French deemed 'too lazy' for Swiss recruiters

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    I've been telling people for decades the French are no good. Glad somebody finally believes me.
    But they saved everyone's asses in 2 world wars.....oh, wait a minute.....never mind.
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