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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.

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.

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.

Four out of ten employees work in direct contact with clients, customers or patients

Four out of ten employees work in direct contact with clients, customers or patients

News   •   Jul 16, 2020 09:15 BST

Eurofound’s analysis of the labour market in Europe shows that just over four out of ten (41%) of employees in the EU work in direct contact with clients, customers, users, patients or other service recipients. This ‘interactive service work’ is female dominated, with women accounting for 61% of workers.

Le chômage partiel semblerait avoir atténué l’impact financier de la crise COVID-19 sur les travailleurs en France

Le chômage partiel semblerait avoir atténué l’impact financier de la crise COVID-19 sur les travailleurs en France

News   •   Jul 14, 2020 07:00 BST

Dans l'enquête en ligne d’Eurofound, Vivre, travailler et COVID-19, un tiers des personnes en France ont déclaré des pertes d’emploi, ou de contrats, pendant la période de confinement. La France a également enregistré la deuxième plus forte proportion de travailleurs ayant subi une réduction de leurs heures de travail.

Help us delve deeper into the COVID-19 crisis – Call to complete the second wave of Eurofound’s e-survey

Help us delve deeper into the COVID-19 crisis – Call to complete the second wave of Eurofound’s e-survey

News   •   Jul 13, 2020 13:30 BST

The second wave of Eurofound’s pan-EU Living, working and COVID-19 survey is now open. As people across Europe emerge from confinement measures, the second wave of the survey will be more targeted and track changes since the initial confinement period and will seek to provide an even deeper analysis in order to further contribute to Europe’s policy response.

Minimum wage workers on the front line of COVID-19 fallout

Minimum wage workers on the front line of COVID-19 fallout

News   •   Jul 08, 2020 07:00 BST

Minimum wage workers around Europe are in the simultaneous position of being increasingly called upon to provide essential services during COVID-19 confinement and response measures; as well as being more likely to be made redundant or furloughed due to their concentration in highly impacted sectors.

Rise in precarious employment in Croatia places workers under further strain during pandemic

Rise in precarious employment in Croatia places workers under further strain during pandemic

News   •   Jun 25, 2020 12:00 BST

Eurofound’s recent research shows that COVID-19 has placed further strain on the Croatian labour market and puts people across the country at greater risk of financial insecurity.

​Strong levels of mental well-being in Slovenia despite financial impact of COVID-19 crisis

​Strong levels of mental well-being in Slovenia despite financial impact of COVID-19 crisis

News   •   Jun 25, 2020 07:00 BST

More than 40% of people surveyed in Slovenia report loss of employment, or contracts in the case of the self-employed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic – the third highest level in the EU according to Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 survey.

High levels of telework in Luxembourg during confinement, work-life balance negatively affected

High levels of telework in Luxembourg during confinement, work-life balance negatively affected

News   •   Jun 22, 2020 13:00 BST

More than half of people surveyed in Luxembourg report starting to work from home due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 survey. This has gone hand in hand with respondents in Luxembourg reporting lower levels of job loss and financial insecurity when compared to other EU Member States.

Très faible niveau de confiance et d’optimisme en France lors du confinement pendant l’épidémie de COVID-19

Très faible niveau de confiance et d’optimisme en France lors du confinement pendant l’épidémie de COVID-19

News   •   Jun 16, 2020 07:00 BST

Respondents in France recorded among the lowest levels of trust in institutions, including the European Union, national government, media, and police in Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 online survey.

Low levels of optimism in Portugal as labour market challenges take hold

Low levels of optimism in Portugal as labour market challenges take hold

News   •   Jun 10, 2020 10:00 BST

​Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 survey found that almost one third of Portuguese respondents had lost employment (7.3% permanently and 21.9% temporarily) due to the COVID-19 pandemic by April – just above the EU27 average of 28.5%.