Today, France has a minimal "hire-and-fire" culture. The French government strengthened the entrepreneurial relationship between employers and employees by enacting new legislation. Self-employment is possible without red tapism or financial constraints, like paying fixed taxes based on previously declared incomes. Such an individual is "L'autoentrepreneur"— self-employed entrepreneur, or "SEE." Goelectrix, a small start-up in the south of France, began as a response to a potential increase in demand for electric vehicles. In April 2011, electric car sales in France were up to 187 registrations. Goelectrix imports cars from Italy; small, off-road vehicles from Spain; and scooters from the Netherlands and China, with exclusive rights to market them in southern France.
Goelectrix employs five to ten people a year, including a sales force of four. The salespersons are compensated according to the number of direct sales and potential accounts within the regional business community. The main advantage in using SEEs: being able to respond quickly when matching qualified individuals with seasonal demand, when numerous clients have to manage an increasing number of customers. It reduces administrative costs accrued because SEEs invoice their services but manage their own pay.
10-24. To what extent do SEEs in small companies, like Goelectrix, reduce full-time employee engagement? Justify.
10-25. Can a small company manage talent in a difficult economic context? Referring to this chapter, explain how.