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What now for Europe?

What now for Europe?

Blog posts   •   May 30, 2019 15:30 BST

The votes have been cast, tallied and declared and we can now see the political landscape of the new European Parliament. To what extent have mixed developments in employment and quality of life contributed to the more fractured political landscape? And can the EU continue to deliver to the more diverse demands of citizens across Europe?

We need to boost motivation at work to ease Europe’s demographic headache

We need to boost motivation at work to ease Europe’s demographic headache

Blog posts   •   Mar 20, 2019 09:00 GMT

Motivated workers have higher levels of engagement, better health and are able to work longer. Improving motivation at work is therefore a key component in meeting the challenges of Europe’s ageing workforce and improving the EU’s long-term competitiveness on a global scale. This means that fostering motivation at work isn’t just about personal or business success, it's about Europe’s success.

Women in management: If we want to get serious about gender equality we need to talk about job quality

Women in management: If we want to get serious about gender equality we need to talk about job quality

Blog posts   •   Mar 07, 2019 12:00 GMT

After more than 60 years of European policy on the equal treatment of women and men, men still outnumber women in management positions by almost two to one. The women who do make it into management are more likely to be in non-supervising management roles where they manage operational responsibilities but not staff, and the minority that do manage staff are more likely to be managing other women.

Zum langsamen Start der Lohntransparenz in Deutschland: Ein Blick nach Europa

Zum langsamen Start der Lohntransparenz in Deutschland: Ein Blick nach Europa

Blog posts   •   Feb 19, 2019 13:00 GMT

Ein Jahr nach der Einführung des Entgelttransparenzgesetzes sind die ersten Befunde noch nicht wirklich beeindruckend. Dieses Gesetz ist Deutschlands Antwort auf die Empfehlung der Europäischen Kommission von 2014, zumindest eine von vier Lohntransparenz-Maßnahmen einzuführen, um die Lohnschere zwischen Männern und Frauen zu schließen.

The challenge of plenty: Tackling labour shortages in the EU

The challenge of plenty: Tackling labour shortages in the EU

Blog posts   •   Nov 24, 2018 09:00 GMT

​Unemployment in the EU is continuing to fall, with the rate approaching its 2008 low point. This is good news: the Europe 2020 target of 75% employment in the working age population is now in sight for many Member States. However, as unemployment reaches new lows, the opposite problem is emerging – labour shortages

Progress in paternity and parental leave for fathers – Are baby steps enough?

Progress in paternity and parental leave for fathers – Are baby steps enough?

Blog posts   •   Oct 15, 2018 09:00 BST

Few events challenge the equilibrium between work and life like the arrival of a child. As gender roles continue to change in Europe, supporting the uptake of paternity and parental leave among fathers is fundamental, not just to close the ‘caring gap’ between men and women, but also to provide the best possible outlook for coming generations.

Three vectors transforming work in the digital revolution

Three vectors transforming work in the digital revolution

Blog posts   •   Jun 08, 2018 09:00 BST

​Digital technologies are transforming work, but the implications have not yet been fully grasped. In a recent Eurofound report, we focus on three main vectors of change to discuss the effects of digital technologies on work and employment and the policy responses such change demands.

Stamping out fraud in hiring practices across Europe

Stamping out fraud in hiring practices across Europe

Blog posts   •   Jun 04, 2018 10:00 BST

Research Manager Isabella Biletta looks at fraudulent practices in the contracting of work across the EU. The article is based on several years of Eurofound research on the subject.

Rethinking working time in Europe

Rethinking working time in Europe

Blog posts   •   Nov 01, 2017 15:00 GMT

Working time is more than just clocking in and clocking out. ​In this blog piece, originally published in ​Social Europe, Jorge Cabrita looks at three reasons why working time in Europe should follow a life course perspective.

The many faces of self-employment in Europe

The many faces of self-employment in Europe

Blog posts   •   Oct 27, 2017 13:45 BST

​In this new blog piece Mathijn Wilkens looks at the multi-faceted nature of self-employment in Europe – from the entrepreneurial independent self-employed, to those that find themselves in a more vulnerable position.

Europe en marche?

Europe en marche?

Blog posts   •   Jun 06, 2017 11:50 BST

In the following blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Eurofound Head of Information and Communication Mary McCaughey takes a look at what it was like to live and work in Europe in 2016.

Europe’s slow-burning issue – making work sustainable

Europe’s slow-burning issue – making work sustainable

Blog posts   •   Dec 16, 2016 11:32 GMT

Making work sustainable is not simply a challenge for politicians and policymakers in the European Union: it is a fundamental issue that underpins the future of the world of work in Europe. It goes beyond the mantra of raising employment rates and deals with productivity and innovation – and the everyday lives of workers throughout the EU.