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

News   •   Oct 28, 2020 13:15 GMT

On Thursday 29 October 2020, Eurofound together with European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), are organising a live #AskTheExpert webinar session at 09:00 GMT/10:00 CET to delve into the European Company Survey 2019 findings relating to skills.

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Moderated by Maria Jepsen, Deputy Director of Eurofound, participants will be able to join a lively and interactive debate with the ECS 2019 report authors Giovanni Russo and Gijs van Houten and guest panellists Isabel Coenen, policy advisor at the Dutch trade union FNV and Pär Lundström, expert in skills provision with Swedish employers - both members of Cedefop’s Management Board. The survey findings show that training is an important way to achieve positive workplace outcomes and most workplaces in the EU offer at least some training to at least some workers, but only a few offer comprehensive training and learning opportunities.

This webinar is based on the fourth edition of the European Company Survey (ECS), which was carried out jointly by Eurofound and Cedefop in 2019. It describes a wide range of practices and strategies implemented by European companies in terms of work organisation, human resource management, skills use and skills development, and employee voice. The report shows how these practices are combined and how the resulting ‘bundles of practices’ are associated with two outcomes beneficial to employees and employers: workplace well-being and establishment performance.

The analysis finds that the establishments that are most likely to generate this win–win outcome are those that combine a high degree of worker autonomy, a balanced motivational strategy, a comprehensive training and learning strategy, and high levels of direct employee involvement in decision-making, as well as offering managerial support for these practices. To boost the adoption of employee-oriented practices – particularly in relation to autonomy, skills and employee involvement – managers should be offered appropriate support, as they play a key role in the decision to initiate workplace change. They are also crucial to its success, as they must continuously support the workplace practices implemented.

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