What is a ticket office and why is it necessary?

Future of work
June 8, 2023
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remote work has many advantages, and 56% of the French population will be working from home at least one day a week in 2022, according to JLL France. However, not all employees working from home are on an equal footing when it comes to working conditions.

Following the confinement, a Morning survey revealed that 50% of respondents wanted to ask their manager for "nomadic access to coworking spaces". So in June 2020, Morning developed its idea for an "office voucher" on the same model as the restaurant voucher. Since then, the ticket bureau has been transformed into a bill tabled in the Senate in February 2021 by Paris Senator Julien Bargeton.

But what exactly is a ticket office? How would it work? More than two years later, how far have Mr. Bargeton's team got?

What is a ticket office?

An office ticket would operate on the same model as a meal ticket. It would enable an employee to go to a place to work, other than their company offices, such as a coworking space.

As with luncheon vouchers, the employer could cover all or part of the cost. Office vouchers could be issued in paper or digital form via a card, and recharged each month.

Following a bill tabled by the French Senate, then recently revised by the French National Assembly, the office check should be defined in a paragraph of article L1222-11 of the French Labor Code.

It is defined as "a special payment voucher issued by the employer to employees to enable them to pay all or part of the costs incurred by the latter in carrying out their work at a third-party site under the conditions set out in the present section".

The objectives of the ticket bureau bill

In the wake of the pandemic, remote work has become an integral part of our way of working, particularly with its hybrid format combining on-site and remote working. Its many advantages have led to its adoption by at least 80% of the population, according to an Opinion Way / Square Management survey.

But more than 4 out of 10 French people do not have an office or dedicated workspace in their home. According to the Qualitel barometer, 34% even consider that their home is not suitable for remote work.

Access to a quality office at remote work is therefore not guaranteed, and is increasingly becoming an objective of social justice, economic performance and public health. This proposal therefore has several objectives:

Make it easier for employees to balance work and personal life

By benefiting from a space close to home, employees can enjoy more favorable working conditions than at home: a quiet office, a good Internet connection, ergonomic equipment, etc. This would be an alternative solution in cases where the company's premises are far from home. In particular, this would be an alternative solution when the company's premises are far from home. All in all, the office ticket makes it easier to reconcile professional and personal life.

Reduce office costs

As employees come into the office less often due to remote working, this can have financial consequences for the company, which can then save on rent by optimizing or even reducing floor space. In this case, it can be advantageous to switch to a flex office.

The principle of the flex desk is to no longer allocate a fixed desk to each employee. This reduces the number of workstations required.

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Make working conditions fairer for employees by remote work

remote work creates certain inequalities between employees. Not all employees work in the same comfort, with the same computer equipment or the same Internet connection.

There are also inequalities between men and women. At remote work, women report having a dedicated work room less regularly than men (25% versus 39%). They are more frequently "deprived of adequate material and equipment" at 52% versus 42% for men, according to the Haut Conseil de l'Égalité report.

Enabling teleworkers to carry out their duties under good conditions and in a location closer to home would boost their productivity and help reduce inequalities.

The bill tabled in the Senate concerning the ticket office

This bill contains provisions to stimulate business, notably in articles 6, 7 and 8.

Article 6 introduces the famous "office vouchers" which would be tax-deductible, on the model of luncheon vouchers.

Article 7 concerns flat-rate compensation for teleworkers' business expenses. It proposes a new option for benefiting from theallowance remote work. At present, employees can be reimbursed up to €2.50 per day worked from home. With the office ticket, employees could be reimbursed up to €4 per day of work carried out on premises other than those of their company or home. This would be an incentive to work in a more sociable environment.

Lastly, Article 8 provides incentives for employers to contribute to the costs of employees wishing to invest in more suitable equipment.

What are the advantages of the ticket bureau?

Benefits for companies

This bill provides for a tax reduction for companies using, for example, coworking spaces close to their offices. These companies will be able to benefit from a 50% tax deduction applied to the expenses generated by the rental of these private or shared workspaces.

Companies with fewer than 250 employees will also be able to benefit from a suramortissement when purchasing new offices. Suramortissement is a government subsidy in the form of tax savings granted to companies wishing to innovate. They can deduct 40% of these expenses from their taxes, in addition to the usual depreciation.

Benefits for local communities

With this opportunity offered to companies and their employees, the ticket bureau will give new impetus to medium-sized towns. The remote work website offers regions an opportunity to revitalize local economic life (restaurants, shopping, culture, etc.) and make it more attractive, while modernizing public services. It would be a societal change aimed at rebalancing metropolises and regions. There would be an opportunity to make these locations more economically attractive, by taking advantage of infrastructures close to employees' homes.

For the planet

There is also an ecological advantage to the office ticket. Employees would move to coworking spaces closer to home, reducing their expenditure on petrol and public transport.

The office ticket would be a new alternative to on-site and remote working. It would offer advantages for both employees and companies, with the aim of achieving social justice, economic performance and public health.

This bill, which could be incorporated into the Labor Code, has not yet been voted on and is therefore not included in the legal texts. In December 2022, the proposal was examined by the French National Assembly. We look forward to hearing more about the ticket bureau and its implementation in companies!

Would the ticket bureau be interesting for your company? Write to us at hello@deskare.io to share your opinion (your expectations, your fears...).

In the meantime, find out how to implement flex office in your company!