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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Green Hills Biotechnology, Austria: Business creation and entrepreneurship

  • Austria
  • Category

    Business creation and entrepreneurship

Henkel, Germany: Increasing the labour market participation of underrepresented groups – women

  • Germany
In recent years, Henkel has promoted progressive family policies. In 2005, Henkel’s support for balancing family and employment commitments was acknowledged by the ministry for family, senior citizens, women and youth. Henkel’s family policy is marked by an awareness that its ability to remain competitive will depend increasingly on its capacity to offer its workforce exemplary employment terms and conditions.
  • Category

    increasing labour market participation of underrepresented groups

Spectra Collection, Sweden: Integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion – long-term unemployed

  • Sweden
Spectra Collection AB, a wood manufacturing company, initiated a training programme which was aimed at providing long-term unemployed persons with the training needed to become wood industry workers. The training course included eight weeks of theoretical training and 32 weeks of on-the-job training in companies. Five participants of the programme did their practical training at Spectra Collection, and four of these were subsequently hired by the company after completing the training programme.
  • Category

    integrating people at risk of exclusion into the labour market

City of Stockholm, Sweden: Integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion – early school-leavers

  • Sweden
  • Category

    integrating people at risk of exclusion into the labour market

Opel Hoppmann, Germany: Make work pay – make work attractive

  • Germany
Opel Hoppman, a car sales and repair company, implemented a profit-sharing scheme in 1961. Employees receive 50% of the company’s profits. Financial participation is complemented by the influence on economic decisions by the workforce and its representatives and extended general participation rights beyond the Works Constitution Act. Direct participation at the workplace is practised in work teams.
  • Category

    Making work pay

BMW-Leipzig, Germany: Increasing the labour market participation of underrepresented groups – women

  • Germany
BMW's decision to build a state-of-the-art factory in Leipzig involved a progressive and innovative employment policy to retrain and employ long-term unemployed women and elderly workers. Known as ‘Poleposition’, 647 unemployed people have successfully completed the course and achieved gainful employment at BMW-Leipzig.
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    increasing labour market participation of underrepresented groups

Inalfa Roof Systems, the Netherlands: Towards a balanced flexibility

  • Netherlands
Inalfa Roof Systems designs, produces and sells roof systems for the automotive industry. Roof systems are optional items for cars and are subject to substantial fluctuations in demand: therefore, the company needs flexibility in its production process and in the labour force. Inalfa has succeeded in creating a ‘smart’ organisation with a highly flexible production process and workforce. Both organisation and employees benefit from the flexible structure and accompanying terms of employment.
  • Category

    Towards a balanced flexibility

voestalpine Stahl, Austria: Increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the labour market – young people

  • Austria
voestalpine, a company in the steel sector, invests in high-quality apprenticeship training for internal and external demands. The apprenticeship training programme includes a special initiative aimed at increasing the number of women in male-dominated metalworking occupations, as well as providing apprenticeship training for long-term unemployed young people, particularly slow learners.
  • Category

    increasing labour market participation of underrepresented groups

Alcatel, France: Make work pay – make work attractive

  • France
Alcatel, an international communications provider, has implemented a wide range of measures related to profit-sharing in France. All the measures reflect the company’s desire to offer attractive salaries and benefits to its employees in order to remain competitive. Alcatel’s policy for granting stock options is extensive and thus very significant.
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    Making work pay

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