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

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

BNL, Italy: Fostering employability

  • Italy
In 2004, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) and the trade unions signed an agreement that focused on continuous training and lifelong learning. The agreement provides for employee-tailored training measures and training supply depending on the professional area. An innovative element of the agreement is the introduction of the ‘training credit’ in order to guarantee the right of training for a longer period and to optimise attendance on the training course. Organisational background
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    Fostering employability

Basell, Italy: Increasing the labour market participation of underrepresented groups – young people

  • Italy
Basell, a company in the chemical sector, introduced a CAT (fixed-term contract) with a view to offering young people on-the-job training and an opportunity to develop their skills, as well as furthering the career development of skilled workers. CAT consists of theoretical lessons, a placement with a company and a fixed-term contract. The pilot project has since turned into a stable means of access to employment. Fifty young workers per year enter the company through this channel.
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    increasing labour market participation of underrepresented groups

Karlskrona Employer Ring, Sweden: Fostering employability

  • Sweden
The employer ring in Karlskrona is a joint venture between seven companies – mainly in the manufacturing business – covering a total of 6,000 employees. The ring was established in 1992 and is a joint organisation formed in order to support the members on retraining and redeploying employees in their companies who have been made redundant or are in need of work rehabilitation in other workplaces. The ring supports the individuals with job coaching, transfer and training.
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    Fostering employability

Tesco, UK: Make work pay – make work attractive

  • United Kingdom
Tesco is the UK’s largest private sector employer. It has been running employee share schemes since 1981 and has continued to adapt these as new opportunities have arisen through government legislation. Tesco now has three share schemes in operation and large numbers of employees are benefiting from the company’s performance, as reflected in a steadily increasing share price.
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    Making work pay

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