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  • 14 Septiembre 2016
    Well-functioning social dialogue is a key component in implementing the reforms that will boost European competitiveness. A new report from Eurofound examines how management, employees and their representatives achieve common solutions to common problems. It identifies a number of elements of good practice, such as regular meetings between management and employees to follow up on decisions, continuous feedback (from both managers and employees) to facilitate adjustment to new practices, supporting employees in contributing to decision-making, and training to smooth the implementation of new measures. The research was based on 20 company case studies in five Member States in a sample drawn from Eurofound’s European Company Survey 2013. Read the report Win–win arrangements: Innovative measures through social dialogue at company level at
  • 14 Septiembre 2016
    With people living longer and birth rates falling across Europe, a priority of EU policy is to encourage Europeans to remain in work beyond current retirement ages, to minimise pressure on pension systems. At present, older workers often leave the workforce before statutory retirement age, with health problems and care responsibilities cited as common reasons. Many more people simply wish to work less. One possible way to balance this legitimate desire for a better work–life balance with the need to address demographic pressures is to make more widespread use of partial retirement schemes. These schemes enable older workers to reduce their working hours, while the loss of income is compensated for by a partial payment of their pension. At the same time, workers continue to earn and to contribute to that pension.
  • 14 Septiembre 2016
    The cost of people living in inadequate housing in the EU Member States is hitting economies to the tune of nearly €194 billion per year, a new report from Eurofound states. The cost of addressing the shortcomings of the housing stock would be in the region of €295 billion (at 2011 prices). However, the report maintains, the outlay could be quickly recouped from savings on healthcare and a range of publicly funded services. The effect of such investment would have a considerable impact on residents, improving their health and well-being. For example, for every €3 invested in basic measures, €2 would be paid back through savings in health and social care within one year.
  • 12 Septiembre 2016
    Partial retirement schemes can be an important part of the solution to improving sustainability of Europe’s pension systems. However, despite their clear potential, the practical experiences of partial retirement have shown mixed results, according to Eurofound's new report Extending working lives through flexible retirement schemes: Partial retirement released today.
  • 07 Septiembre 2016
    Irish Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar TD, met with Eurofound Director Juan Menéndez-Valdés and senior staff today to discuss sustainable work, new forms of employment, and inclusive labour markets.
  • 05 Septiembre 2016
    Eurofound launches the fieldwork for the fourth edition of its European Quality of Life Survey today. The survey, which offers a comprehensive picture of the views of people living across 33 countries including the EU Member States and candidate countries, will be carried out over the coming 13 weeks. The fourth edition of the European Quality of Life Survey covers 33 countries, 28 EU Member States and all five candidate countries: Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. In total, 35,800 people will be surveyed in the 33 countries, with an individual target sample of between 1,000 to 2,000 per country. The fieldwork is carried out simultaneously in all countries, coordinated by TNS Opinion in Belgium with local partners, starting on Monday 5 September and ending on 2 December 2016.
  • 01 Septiembre 2016
    Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often unevenly distributed among different groups of workers; particularly benefitting men, highly-skilled and highly ranked workers. Without robust monitoring and transparency, supplementary employee reward systems could potentially exacerbate pre-existing pay inequalities. This is according to Eurofound's new report Changes in remuneration and rewards systems, published today.
  • 29 Agosto 2016
    Mary Mitchell-O'Connor TD, Irish Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, visits Eurofound. Minister Mitchell-O'Connor met with Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Eurofound's Director and Erika Mezger, Deputy Director, and senior staff, to discuss Eurofound's activities and cooperation with the Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
  • 08 Agosto 2016
    Inadequate and poor housing is costing EU economies nearly €194 billion per year in terms of both direct costs associated with healthcare and related medical or social services, as well as indirect costs such as lost productivity and reduced opportunities. The removal of housing inadequacies across the EU, or at least improving them to an acceptable level, would cost about €295 billion at 2011 prices. If all necessary improvements were completed at once, the cost to EU economies and societies would be repaid within 18 months by projected savings in healthcare and through better social outcomes. This is according to Eurofound’s new report Inadequate housing in Europe: Costs and consequences.  
  • 08 Agosto 2016
    Female workers lost their jobs to a lesser extent than male workers during the crisis, but since 2013, employment gains have been more evenly shared. Part-time work is increasing rapidly, to the detriment of full-time, permanent employment.