Eurofound News July 2012
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Snapshot of Europe in 2011
Eurofound’s 2011 Yearbook, Living and Working in Europe, brings together highlights from Eurofound’s research published in 2011. It provides a snapshot of the quality of work and life in Europe, amidst the euro currency crisis and attendant economic gloom.
The scope of the Yearbook’s review is broad, ranging from the challenges faced by disadvantaged young people looking for work to links between work practices and company performance and the role of volunteering in building the social capital of communities. It demonstrates how Eurofound’s research gets beyond the headlines, exposing the more nuanced dynamics at work in the issues of greatest concern in Europe. For example, it shows that while jobs were shed massively in construction and manufacturing, workers in the highest-paying jobs were largely cushioned from the recession. On another subject – employee performance – the Yearbook draws attention to findings suggesting that teamworking and training practices may have a greater motivational effect than incentive pay.