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This news archive contains articles published from 2007 up the end of 2020. For current news, see Eurofound's latest stories.

  • Cover image of the report
    29 March 2015
    On 30 March 2015, Eurofound launched the results of its third European Company Survey. Carried out at a time when Europe was only just starting to recover from the biggest economic crisis to hit the world since the Great Depression, this report provides an in-depth look at workplace practices in Europe. It shows how employees are interacting with management, and how they are working with each other. It also provides examples of which practices are having a positive impact on both workers and companies.
  • From left to right: Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director, Eurofound; Ged Nash TD, Minister of State at the Departement of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland; and Erika Mezger, Deputy Director, Eurofound. (c) Eurofound 2015.
    26 March 2015
    Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director, and Erika Mezger, Deputy Director, met with Irish Minister Ged Nash TD at Eurofound today. The Minister heard presentations from senior Eurofound staff on social dialogue, wage setting mechanisms and collective bargaining, as well as comments on the future job creation potential of small- and medium-sized enterprises. 
  • 24 March 2015
    Employment growth in the public sector during the initial phase of the recession helped to stabilise Europe’s economy, but subsequent austerity measures have led to widespread restructuring in the public sector.
  • 20 March 2015
    The nature of work is changing: new forms of employment are emerging across Europe, driven by technological change, competitive pressures and the desire for more flexibility on the part of both employers and workers. These new forms often transform the traditional one-to-one relationship between employer and employee and frequently involve unconventional work patterns and places of work, or the irregular provision of work.
  • 19 March 2015
    On 30 March, Eurofound will launch the overview report of the third wave of its European Company Survey. Based on interviews in around 30,000 establishments across Europe, the report seeks to provides decision-makers with comprehensive information on workplace practices in terms of work organisation, human resource management, direct participation and social dialogue. Beyond simply documenting the incidence of these practices, the report also investigates how they relate to each other and to outcomes in terms of company performance and well-being in the workplace.
  • 19 March 2015
    Knowledge is central to policymaking, emphasised Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, during his visit to Eurofound on 27 February. ‘Investing in knowledge and developing research capacity has been a priority at the ILO since its foundation,’ he said. ‘We strive to provide our tripartite stakeholders around the world with answers to what initiatives work’.
  • 19 March 2015
    The take-up rate of paternity and parental leave by fathers in the EU is still relatively low, although it has increased in recent years, according to new research from Eurofound. Most EU Member States provide for paternity and parental leave, although systems vary greatly in the duration of leave and the amount of compensation offered. The main factors influencing take-up are the level of compensation, the flexibility of the system, the availability of information, and the extent to which men are concerned that they may be isolating themselves from the labour market if they take leave. On 26 February, Eurofound presented its findings on paternity and parental leave to the European Parliament Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), as part of an exchange of views on the maternity leave directive.
  • 19 March 2015
    Being subjected to violence and harassment at work has a marked impact on workers’ health and productivity; it also undermines the sustainabilty of work over the life course. A new comparative report from Eurofound looks at the extent of violence and harassment in the workplace in the EU28 and Norway, using the results of national surveys conducted between 2009 and 2013, as well as the results of Eurofound’s fifth Working Conditions Survey from 2010.
  • 13 March 2015
    Job creation and job loss in Europe recorded in the European Restructuring Monitor events database converged in 2014, the first time since the global economic crisis struck.
  • 12 March 2015
    (Dublin, Ireland): In the immediate aftermath of the recession in 2008, employment in the public sector continued to grow, helping to sustain demand in the European economy. However, by 2010 significant restructuring was underway in the public sector in several Member States. Public sector restructuring affects more of the population than private sector restructuring, and so generates a great deal of political interest, as well as some controversy.