Working conditions

Working conditions and workers' health

Report
Mis à jour
13 Mai 2019
Publié
13 Mai 2019
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Executive summary in 22 languages

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Résumé

This report uses European Working Conditions Survey data to examine working conditions and their implications for worker’s health. Ensuring the sustainability of work in the context of ageing populations implies a greater number of people in employment who can remain in the workforce for longer. The report examines the interplay between work demands – which carry an increased risk of exhaustion – and work resources – which support workers in greater engagement and well-being. The findings indicate that physical risks have not increased but remain important, while emotional demands have increased, underlining the growing importance of psychosocial risks at work. Changes over time suggest that although the risk of poor health is concentrated in certain occupations, those occupations traditionally considered to be protected are increasingly exposed to risks that are likely to affect workers’ health and well-being.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    80
    Reference No: 
    EF18041
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1846-2
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-04-19-360-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/909840
    Catalogue info

    Working conditions and workers' health

    This report uses European Working Conditions Survey data to examine working conditions and their implications for worker’s health. Ensuring the sustainability of work in the context of ageing populations implies a greater number of people in employment who can remain in the workforce for longer. The report examines the interplay between work demands – which carry an increased risk of exhaustion – and work resources – which support workers in greater engagement and well-being.

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  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF180411
    Catalogue info

    Conditions de travail et santé des travailleurs

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Le présent rapport se fonde sur les données collectées dans le cadre de l’enquête européenne sur les conditions de travail (EWCS) afin d’examiner les conditions de travail et leurs conséquences pour la santé des travailleurs. Face au vieillissement de la population, assurer la pérennité des régimes de retraite est devenu une priorité: il est indispensable que l’afflux sur le marché du travail s'accroisse et que les carrières soient prolongées. Le rapport examine les liens réciproques entre les exigences professionnelles, qui comportent un risque accru d’épuisement, et les ressources disponibles sur le lieu de travail, qui favorisent l’engagement des travailleurs et l’accroissement de leur bien-être. Selon les conclusions, les risques physiques n’ont pas augmenté, mais restent importants, tandis que la charge émotionnelle s’est amplifiée, ce qui souligne l’importance croissante des risques psychosociaux au travail. Une analyse de l’évolution dans le temps indique que bien que le risque de mauvaise santé soit plus dense dans certaines professions, les professions traditionnellement considérées comme protégées sont de plus en plus exposées à des risques susceptibles d’affecter la santé et le bien-être des travailleurs.

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Part of the series

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2015

    ​Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the 2015 EWCS. The survey was first carried out in 1991.

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