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

Whirlpool, Italy: Business creation and entrepreneurship

  • Italy
In 2005, the Whirlpool production plant in the southern Italian city of Naples signed a programme agreement with local and regional authorities. The agreement aimed to create a large household appliance business cluster consisting of a consortium of suppliers and universities which would be coordinated by Whirlpool. The project, named ‘Genesis’, sought to increase the production plant’s competitiveness by investing in product and process innovation and by focusing on quality.
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    Business creation and entrepreneurship

Adecco, Italy: Integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion – long-term unemployed

  • Italy
In 2001, the temporary work agency Adecco established the Adecco Foundation for equal opportunities. This Foundation has introduced programmes aimed at developing integration paths for long-term unemployed people in an effort to get them back into employment. Beginning with an assessment of the reasons for labour market exclusion, the company identifies, together with the worker, the most suitable training opportunities and professional path to upgrade their skills.
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    integrating people at risk of exclusion into the labour market

Company A, France: Integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion – long-term unemployed

  • France
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    integrating people at risk of exclusion into the labour market

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

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

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