09 Srpen 2004
A research project into German ‘working time on trust’ arrangements, funded by the Hans-Böckler Foundation /,/ examines experiences of these voluntary schemes at company level. The project focuses on how this personal time scheduling system can contribute positively to quality of work and worker autonomy.  http://www.boeckler.de/cps/rde/xchg/SID-3D0AB75D-DBF9158/hbs/hs.xsl/181.html
27 Červenec 2004
The current edition of /Statistics in focus/ from Eurostat, devoted to the issue of working time, (pdf file)  outlines current developments and trends in the former 15 EU Member States (EU15). Likewise, the European Commission’s Employment in Europe 2003 report (pdf file) , in its analysis of the quality of work, examines different flexible working time arrangements (EU0311NU02 ). Both publications make use of data from a 2001 ad hoc survey to the labour force survey.  http://europa.eu.int/comm/eurostat/Public/datashop/print-product/EN?catalogue=Eurostat&product=KS-NK-04-007-__-N-EN&mode=download  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2003/oct/eie2003_en.pdf  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-labour-market/quality-of-work-and-employment
27 Červenec 2004
This report explores the concept of quality in industrial relations, set against the background of EU policies and industrial relations theories. The primary aim was to draw up a conceptual framework for comparative indicators, which could serve to assess various aspects of industrial relations in terms of quality. The report aims to contribute to the debate between the social partners (and governments) on the development of quality in industrial relations and how to manage change.
14 Červenec 2004
This review examines four key dimensions in working conditions and quality of work and employment: career and employment, health and well-being, skills development and work-life balance. The report first outlines relevant legislative and policy developments, before examining trends in the workplace.
06 Červenec 2004
The Sociological Research Institute at the University of Göttingen  (SOFI) recently conducted a research project on Concepts of an innovative work policy , providing insights into work practices and effects. The research was funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research  /(in German)/ within the framework of the research programme Innovative work structuring - the future of work  /(in German)/ .  http://gwdu05.gwdg.de/~dgsf/englisch/indexenglisch.html  http://gwdu05.gwdg.de/~dgsf/englisch/projekte/work-policy.html  http://www.bmbf.de/  http://www.bmbf.de/press/617.php
03 Červen 2004
In the light of the ageing and future shrinking of the working age population, there is a need to increase the participation and employment rates of older workers. This has been the subject of considerable attention in a number of recent EU policy documents, such as a specific Commission staff working paper  /(pdf file),/ the Joint Employment Report 2004  /(pdf file),/ the Employment in Europe 2003  report /(pdf file),/ and the report of the Employment Taskforce . The report from the Commission to the 2004 Spring European Council (Delivering Lisbon ) has identified active ageing as one of the three priorities for achieving the employment targets of the Lisbon strategy .  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/employment_analysis/work/exit_en.pdf  http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/com/rpt/2004/com2004_0024en02.pdf  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2003/oct/eie2003_en.pdf  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/employment_strategy/task_en.htm  http://europa.eu.int/comm/lisbon_strategy/pdf/COM2004_029_en.pdf  http://europa.eu.int/comm/lisbon_strategy/index_en.html
25 Duben 2004
A recent study on flexible working time arrangements offers an insight into how companies manage working hours and how employees juggle their time in order to balance the demands of career and private life.
18 Duben 2004
A recent study, Gender issues in safety and health at work , carried out by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work  underlines the importance of mainstreaming gender in research and measures on occupational health and safety. This issue has also been highlighted in the European Commission’s Community strategy on health and safety at work 2002-06  /(pdf file)/ .  http://agency.osha.eu.int/publications/reports/209/en/index.htm  http://europe.osha.eu.int/  http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/com/pdf/2002/com2002_0118en01.pdf
07 Březen 2004
The German Ministry for Health and Social Affairs  has published data  /(in German; pdf file)/ showing that absenteeism dropped to 3.6% in 2003. This is the lowest level since the introduction of continued payment of remuneration  in 1974. These data are based on the sick leave of employees who are covered by statutory health insurance.  http://www.bmgs.bund.de/deu/gra/aktuelles/pm/bmgs03/bmgs4_4676.cfm  http://www.bmgs.bund.de/downloads/PM_291203.pdf  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/continued-payment-of-remuneration-0
25 Únor 2004
The Commission’s Communication 'Improving quality in work: a review of recent progress'COM(2003) 728 final  /(pdf file)/ examines the positive relationships between quality of work and full employment, productivity, social inclusion and cohesion, and also explores the policy implications. The data in the Communication cover only the EU 15, given the difficulties of collecting and evaluating relevant data for the new Member States at this stage.  http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/com/cnc/2003/com2003_0728en01.pdf