EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life
European survey on working time and work-life balance
The Foundation has undertaken a systematic survey on working time and work-life balance policies in establishments in the former EU15 Member States and six of the new: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia.
- Working time flexibility in European companies (2007)
- Extended and unusual working hours in European companies (2007)
- Part-time work in European companies (2007)
- Parental leave in European companies (2007)
- Early and phased retirement in European companies (2007)
- Working time and work-life balance in European companies (overview report, 2006)
- First results of the survey
Objectives of the survey
- The survey aims to complement existing Foundation data and research on working time which is based primarily on surveys of individual workers and on literature reviews and case studies.
- It is designed to find out whether, why and how companies make use of the broad variety of working time arrangements (e.g. full- and part-time work, overtime, flexi-time, shift work, phased and early retirement and childcare leave arrangements).
- It includes all companies with 10 or more employees across all sectors of activity, including the public sector.
- Telephone interviews were carried out in more than 16,000 workplaces in the EU15 Member States
- The establishments interviewed were randomly selected
- Fieldwork started in the second half of September 2004 and was coordinated by TNS Infratest Sozialforschung.
After completion of the first phase, the survey has been extended to six of the new EU Member States: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia.
- Telephone interviews were carried out in more than 4,000 workplaces
- Phase 2 fieldwork, coordinated by TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, started in May 2005
- Interviews were conducted by the following national institutes:
|Czech Republic||TNS AISA, Prague|
|Hungary||TNS Hungary, Budapest|
|Latvia||TNS Baltic Data House, Riga|
|Poland||TNS OBOP, Warsaw|
|Slovenia||RM Plus, Maribor|
- The quality of the survey depends on the cooperation of the companies and organisations selected. Therefore, the Foundation thanks all the establishments who participated in this survey.
- For any further information on the survey, please contact Camilla Galli da Bino, information liaison officer.