EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Workers with care responsibilities

The interactions between employment and caring are becoming increasingly important in the face of demographic ageing in Europe. Sustainability of long-term care systems requires an extensive contribution from informal carers,while labour market requirements and contemporary lifestyles and aspirations encourage increased participation of women - the traditional providers of the larger share of informal care - in the labour force. An added factor is the expectation of a longer working life as retirement ages seem set to rise across the EU. A multipronged approach is needed to address the challenges in this area. This database highlights some 50 company initiatives that support workers with dependent-care responsibilities in 10 Member States. The research was carried out during 2009-2010.

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Case Study: Awareness raising – Zavarovalnica Maribor, Slovenia

  • Slovenia
Company / organisation name Zavarovalnica Maribor Initiative name Family-friendly Enterprise Certificate
  • Initiative Types

    Work adjustments, Health/wellbeing, Care-related supports, awareness raising

Case Study: Leave-related Measures – Weleda NL, the Netherlands

  • Netherlands
Company / organisation name Weleda NL Initiative name Conscious life employee policies About the company / organisation Weleda Netherlands is part of a multinational group which manufactures and distributes in over 51 countries worldwide. The group’s headquarters are in Arlesheim, Switzerland, and its main products are natural cosmetics and body-care, nutritional supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Hours reduction, Work adjustments, Care-related supports

Case Study: Awareness Raising – District Administration Rhein-Hunsrück, Germany

  • Germany
Company / organisation name Kreisverwaltung (District Administration) Rhein-Hunsrück Initiative name Work and Family Audit (Beruf and Familie)
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Hours reduction, Work adjustments, Care-related supports, awareness raising, Co-operation with external agencies

Case Study: Hours reduction – Irish Civil Service, Ireland

  • Ireland
Company / organisation name Irish Civil Service Initiative name Support for working carers About the company / organisation The Irish civil service comprises the public officials who implement government policy agreed at national level. In addition, civil servants advise and assist government ministers in the running of their departments. Each government department has a permanent staff consisting of administrative, professional, specialist and technical employees.
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Work adjustments

Case Study: Care-related supports – Gebalis, Portugal

  • Portugal
Company / organisation name Gebalis Initiative name Financial support to employees with children with disabilities
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Hours reduction, Work adjustments, Care-related supports

Case Study: Care-related Supports – Ford-Werke, Germany

  • Germany
Company / organisation name Ford-Werke, Cologne Initiative name Employee Work and Care Group About the company / organisation Ford-Werke GmbH in Cologne has been the headquarters of the US-based Ford Motor Company in Germany since 1931. Since 1998 it has been the headquarters of ‘Ford of Europe’. In March 2010, 17,300 employees were working at this location, more than 50% of whom worked in production. Each year 800,000 cars are produced at Ford-Werke GmbH.
  • Initiative Types

    Care-related supports, awareness raising

Case Study: Care-related Supports – Dublin City Council, Ireland

  • Ireland
Company / organisation name Dublin City Council Initiative name Balancing Work and Care About the company / organisation Dublin City Council (DCC) is a local authority covering the central regions of Dublin city. It employs 6,500 staff and provides a full range of municipal services. The initiative DCC considers itself to be an employee-friendly organisation. It provides a range of flexible working patterns to enable staff to have a good work–life balance.
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Hours reduction, Work adjustments, Care-related supports, awareness raising

Case Study: Work adjustments – Prime Minister’s Office, Finland

  • Finland
Company / organisation name Prime Minister’s Office, Finland Initiative name Flexibility options available to working carers
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Hours reduction, Work adjustments

Case Study: Leave-related Measures – Hewlett Packard, Ireland

  • Ireland
Company / organisation name Hewlett Packard, Ireland Initiative name HR policies and practices About the company / organisation Hewlett Packard in Ireland runs nine different businesses with over 4,000 employees in the areas of manufacturing, research and development, customer software support, marketing, and sales and services. The main site for HP in Ireland is located in Leixlip, Co Kildare, and HP also has sites in Galway, Belfast and Dublin.
  • Initiative Types

    Leave-related, Hours reduction, Work adjustments, Care-related supports

Case Study: Care-related supports – Nova Gráfica, Portugal

  • Portugal
Company / organisation name Nova Gráfica Initiative name Working hours adjustment and financial support to workers with care responsibilities
  • Initiative Types

    Work adjustments, Care-related supports, awareness raising

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