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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BT, UK: Towards a balanced flexibility

Attractive workplace for all
28 október 2009
  • United Kingdom
BT is one of the UK’s biggest telecommunications and information technology companies. It has been developing flexible working policies for many years. In recent years, it has been promoting its package of measures more widely, both internally to employees and externally as best practice to other employers. Around three-quarters of BT employees currently take advantage of some kind of flexible working, including job-sharing, teleworking, annualised hours and time banking.
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    Towards a balanced flexibility

Schaeffler, UK: Fostering employability

Attractive workplace for all
28 október 2009
  • United Kingdom
During the 1990s, Schaeffler UK’s German parent company transferred an increasing amount of its production capacity to Eastern Europe to take advantage of much lower labour costs in its precision engineering business. In response, the main UK plant at Llanelli in South Wales began a major programme of skills improvement across the whole workforce, giving it the capacity to compete on the basis of producing higher value-added products.
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    Fostering employability

EDF, France: Integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion – people with disabilities

Attractive workplace for all
28 október 2009
  • France
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    integrating people at risk of exclusion into the labour market

Eni Group, Italy: Fostering employability

Attractive workplace for all
28 október 2009
  • Italy
In July 2002, Eni, Emcef (European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation) and the Italian trade unions signed an agreement aimed at defining an experimental European learning programme in order to develop and improve intercultural communication among the diverse production sites. The learning programme has been offered to 140 employees from central and eastern Europe, who differ with respect to qualifications, age, nationality, professional status, cultural context and workplace.
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    Fostering employability

E+E Electronics, Austria: Towards a balanced flexibility

Attractive workplace for all
28 október 2009
  • Austria
E+E Electronics, a developer and producer of electronic sensors and transmitters, employs 180 people at its site in Austria. In an initiative funded by the provincial government, representatives of the employees, the company and the social partners have created a new model of working time, whereby function-related core time has been replaced by person-related core time. It has delegated responsibility for working time organisation to the employees, who appreciate the greater freedom.
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    Towards a balanced flexibility

Unipol Banca, Italy: Make work pay – make work attractive

Attractive workplace for all
28 október 2009
  • Italy
Unipol Banca and the trades unions signed an agreement introducing a company savings scheme that is financed by means of three different sources: a percentage of the worker’s wage, a percentage of the end-of-employment allowance and a consistent contribution provided directly by the company. The bank, through an insurance company, foresees minimum guaranteed earnings. The company contribution to the scheme is higher than the average rate, and negotiation impacts on the final amount of contributions.
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    Making work pay

WHSmith, France: Towards a balanced flexibility

Attractive workplace for all
28 október 2009
  • France
WHSmith France is a bookseller with 50 employees. In 1998, the company concluded a collective agreement that reduced working time to 35 hours a week. Work organisation resulting from this agreement is based on the versatility of workers and on a direct and informal dialogue between workers and management regarding working time organisation. The organisation that has been put in place has allowed the company to extend the shop’s opening hours and days and thus deal better with its competitors.
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    Towards a balanced flexibility

Sätra Brunn, Sweden: Towards a balanced flexibility

Attractive workplace for all
28 október 2009
  • Sweden
In the service sector, personnel costs form a large proportion of total costs, so matching staff numbers to customer demand is vital. At Sätra Brunn, a health spa in Sweden, the management and the local union have reached an agreement including a high degree of flexibility and increasing the influence that employees can exert over their work schedules.
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    Towards a balanced flexibility

Sanofi-aventis, France: Business creation and entrepreneurship

Attractive workplace for all
28 október 2009
  • France
For the past 20 years, sanofi-aventis, an international group in the pharmaceutical sector, has adopted a policy aimed at supporting business creation. This policy concerns all employees on a voluntary basis and operates independently of any restructuring process. It is implemented by a dedicated unit, which provides support to workers willing to set up their own business. Since 1987, some 1,000 employees have benefited from individual support.
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    Business creation and entrepreneurship

Green Hills Biotechnology, Austria: Business creation and entrepreneurship

Attractive workplace for all
28 október 2009
  • Austria
  • Category

    Business creation and entrepreneurship

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