EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Attractive workplace for all

These 102 cases, dating from 2006-2007, are examples of 'win-win situations', showing that it is possible to combine quality of work and employment with economic performance. They deal with key dimensions of the Lisbon strategy such as employability, increasing the labour market participation of underrepresented groups and people at risk of exclusion, pay, flexibility, and business creation and entrepreneurship. The involvement of the social partners at company and sectoral level is a significant aspect of the development of these policies and their outcomes.

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Swedbank, Sweden: Increasing the labour market participation of underrepresented groups – women

  • Sweden
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    increasing labour market participation of underrepresented groups

Canal Bio, France: Make work pay – make work attractive

  • France
Canal Bio is a grocery shop with 18 employees. Two years ago, in place of a payment of two bonuses during the year, employees accepted, after initially rejecting, the introduction of a profit-sharing scheme. In spite of some administrative problems, the profit-sharing scheme is important for employees and allows them to become more involved in their work.
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    Making work pay

Whirlpool, Italy: Business creation and entrepreneurship

  • Italy
In 2005, the Whirlpool production plant in the southern Italian city of Naples signed a programme agreement with local and regional authorities. The agreement aimed to create a large household appliance business cluster consisting of a consortium of suppliers and universities which would be coordinated by Whirlpool. The project, named ‘Genesis’, sought to increase the production plant’s competitiveness by investing in product and process innovation and by focusing on quality.
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    Business creation and entrepreneurship

Adecco, Italy: Integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion – long-term unemployed

  • Italy
In 2001, the temporary work agency Adecco established the Adecco Foundation for equal opportunities. This Foundation has introduced programmes aimed at developing integration paths for long-term unemployed people in an effort to get them back into employment. Beginning with an assessment of the reasons for labour market exclusion, the company identifies, together with the worker, the most suitable training opportunities and professional path to upgrade their skills.
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    integrating people at risk of exclusion into the labour market

Company A, France: Integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion – long-term unemployed

  • France
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    integrating people at risk of exclusion into the labour market

Painters and Plasterers, the Netherlands: Fostering employability

  • Netherlands
Painters and plasterers are organised in a sectoral organisation. To make work in the sector more attractive, the branch organisation has initiated projects in four companies on the possibilities of job enlargement. The advantages for companies are more assignments, higher quality, greater flexibility, more efficiency, contented clients and motivated workers. The advantages for workers are a better quality of work, more interesting work and greater employability.
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    Fostering employability

Handelsbanken, Sweden: Make work pay – make work attractive

  • Sweden
Handelsbanken is one of the major banks in Sweden, with offices in the Nordic countries and the UK. Handelsbanken has had a profit-sharing system in place for 30 years. When profits exceed the average profit level in comparable banks, one third of the ‘excess’ profit is transferred to a fund called Octogonen. All employees are entitled to a share of the fund, based on years of employment. At the age of 60, employees can withdraw their share of the fund.
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    Making work pay

Siemens Medical Solutions, Germany: Business creation and entrepreneurship

  • Germany
Siemens Medical Solutions is one of the key partners in a local network encompassing medical technologies, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. This network has managed to establish the Bavarian city of Erlangen as one of the major centres of this industry worldwide. The presence of Siemens and a university with a strong medical faculty has made Erlangen an attractive place for start-up and spin-off companies in this field.
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    Business creation and entrepreneurship

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