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COVID-19, Big Brother and the business case for doing better

COVID-19, Big Brother and the business case for doing better

Blog posts   •   Jan 13, 2021 16:00 GMT

In the most successful businesses, managers were found to facilitate employees to work independently rather than to focus on controlling whether they carried out their tasks. Closely monitoring employee behaviour might indeed ensure that workers do their job but is unlikely to motivate them to go beyond their job description.

New forms of employment in Europe – How new is new?

New forms of employment in Europe – How new is new?

Blog posts   •   Dec 15, 2020 15:00 GMT

Standard employment is not simply being replaced by non-standard work; employment is becoming more diverse, and policy must accordingly become more tailored.

New Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board

New Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board

News   •   Dec 14, 2020 07:00 GMT

Stefan Gran has been elected Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board during the third meeting of the Board on 6 November 2020. He takes over from outgoing chair Aviana Bulgarelli, Ministry of Labour and Social Policies (Ministero del Lavoro, della Salute), Italy.

Safeguarding fair, well-functioning and balanced industrial relations in Europe key to inclusive growth and progress

Safeguarding fair, well-functioning and balanced industrial relations in Europe key to inclusive growth and progress

News   •   Dec 11, 2020 11:45 GMT

Eurofound’s new flagship report ‘Challenges and prospects in the EU: Industrial relations Developments 2015-2019’ provides an overview of developments in industrial relations and social dialogue in recent years, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eurofound sets its sights on Europe's recovery and resilience

Eurofound sets its sights on Europe's recovery and resilience

Press releases   •   Dec 09, 2020 17:16 GMT

Eurofound has focused on Europe's immediate social, economic and labour market priorities and its developing role over the coming four years with the publication of its Programming document 2021-2024.

Shaping the future of long-term care: A good outcome will benefit all

Shaping the future of long-term care: A good outcome will benefit all

Blog posts   •   Dec 03, 2020 07:00 GMT

An ageing Europe and rising public expenditure on long-term care have signalled for some time that the fundamentals of care provision need to be addressed. However, the shocking death toll in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that many long-term care services were ill-equipped to protect their vulnerable users have lately focused the public mind on the issue.

Reflecting on the developments of living and working conditions across the EU over the past decade

Reflecting on the developments of living and working conditions across the EU over the past decade

News   •   Nov 30, 2020 15:04 GMT

At the end of his term as Executive Director on 30 November 2020, we engaged in a socially distant interview with Juan Menéndez-Valdés to review the last decade, his thoughts on Europe and his hopes for Eurofound.

COVID-19 crisis led to doubling of EU restructuring job loss in first six months of 2020

COVID-19 crisis led to doubling of EU restructuring job loss in first six months of 2020

News   •   Nov 11, 2020 07:00 GMT

The COVID-19 crisis has led to a doubling of restructuring job loss in the first half of 2020. The new European Restructuring Monitor ‘ERM report 2020: Restructuring across borders’ reviews recent restructuring activity in the EU, from January 2019 up to and including the first impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. It also presents an analysis of transnational restructuring cases.

Member States are dawdling on gender pay transparency

Member States are dawdling on gender pay transparency

Blog posts   •   Nov 05, 2020 15:45 GMT

The gender pay gap in gross hourly earnings in the EU was 14.8% in 2018. To help combat discriminatory pay practices by employers, the European Commission recommended in 2014 the introduction of pay transparency measures in all Member States. But more than half still have not implemented any such measures. Where do Member States currently stand on the agenda?

Fewer than 10% of EU businesses offer comprehensive learning opportunities critical to employee performance and well-being, new survey says

Fewer than 10% of EU businesses offer comprehensive learning opportunities critical to employee performance and well-being, new survey says

News   •   Oct 29, 2020 09:34 GMT

According to the recently published European Company Survey 2019 by EU agencies Eurofound and Cedefop, almost all managers (96%) agree training is important for employees to do their current job and most workplaces in the EU offer at least some training, yet only a small number – 9% – offer comprehensive training and learning opportunities to most of their employees.

#AskTheExpert webinar 29 October: the European Company Survey 2019 findings on skills

#AskTheExpert webinar 29 October: the European Company Survey 2019 findings on skills

News   •   Oct 28, 2020 13:15 GMT

The #EurofoundCompanySurvey ECS 2019 demonstrates that companies can design their workplace practices to help generate outcomes that benefit both workers and employers. Eurofound is organising a live #AskTheExpert webinar session on 29 October to delve into the European Company Survey 2019 findings relating to skills.

New impetus to collective bargaining: Insights from the ECS

New impetus to collective bargaining: Insights from the ECS

Blog posts   •   Oct 28, 2020 11:00 GMT

New data from Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) show that two-thirds of workers (private sector, with more than 10 employees, EU27) are estimated to have their wages set via a collective wage agreement. Bargaining coverage is substantially higher in countries where there are sectoral agreements and where these are frequently extended to non-covered companies or workers.

Youth in a time of COVID

Youth in a time of COVID

Blog posts   •   Oct 23, 2020 10:09 BST

Young people are overrepresented in the sectors hit hardest by COVID-19 restrictions, such as retail, travel and hospitality. According to Eurofound’s ‘Living, working and COVID-19’ survey of people in Europe, 11% of respondents aged 18–29 lost their jobs during the pandemic, compared to 8% of workers over 30.

Just 31% of companies capitalise fully on direct employee involvement to enhance performance and well-being

Just 31% of companies capitalise fully on direct employee involvement to enhance performance and well-being

News   •   Oct 20, 2020 07:00 BST

Fewer than one-third (31%) of companies in the EU27 facilitated the regular direct participation of employees in organisational decision-making and accorded them a high degree of influence last year.

Trust in EU recovers following COVID-19 responses

Trust in EU recovers following COVID-19 responses

News   •   Oct 15, 2020 07:00 BST

Trust in the European Union was significantly higher among respondents in the July wave of Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 survey than in April, with average trust in the EU exceeding trust in national governments.

Only one-fifth of European companies find secret to combining optimal workplace wellbeing and business performance

Only one-fifth of European companies find secret to combining optimal workplace wellbeing and business performance

News   •   Oct 13, 2020 07:00 BST

One in five companies in the EU-27 succeed in providing the optimal workplace environment, according to the new European Company Survey, This report is based on the fourth edition of the European Company Survey (ECS), which was carried out jointly by Eurofound and Cedefop in 2019.

Easing of restrictions sparked boost in mental well-being across Europe with largest increases for older people; but young people, unemployed cause for concern

Easing of restrictions sparked boost in mental well-being across Europe with largest increases for older people; but young people, unemployed cause for concern

News   •   Oct 08, 2020 07:00 BST

Mental well-being among people in Europe improved between the April and July waves of Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 surveys, with the largest increases among those aged 50 and over.

40% of work during COVID-19 crisis has been done from home

40% of work during COVID-19 crisis has been done from home

News   •   Oct 01, 2020 07:00 BST

Approximately 40% of paid hours worked by employees were performed from home during the COVID-19 crisis, showing the magnitude of change that has taken place with regards to working life in just six months, and the now paramount importance of telework to Europe’s broader economy.

Unemployed, women, young people still biggest losers, but wide-scale COVID-19 impact evident on other population groups

Unemployed, women, young people still biggest losers, but wide-scale COVID-19 impact evident on other population groups

News   •   Sep 28, 2020 07:00 BST

COVID-19 has brought widespread job loss, large-scale reduction in working hours and the decimation of entire sectors of the EU economy. While this has impacted all parts of the population, inter-generational and gender inequalities have been exacerbated, with years of progress diluted in just six months.

Lack of competition in platform economy could undermine its inherent value

Lack of competition in platform economy could undermine its inherent value

News   •   Sep 21, 2020 11:30 BST

Continued dominance of large non-EU service and work platforms could result in an oligopolistic market situation in the EU in the future. This could hamper the market entry of new players, endangering healthy competition and economic and labour market innovation to the detriment of platform workers and consumers, as well as the broader economy.