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: 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

Case Study: Care-related supports – Edward Szczeklik Specialist Hospital, Poland

  • Poland
Company / organisation name Edward Szczeklik Specialist Hospital Initiative name Financial supports and flexible working hours About the company / organisation The Edward Szczeklik Specialist Hospital is one of two hospitals operating in Tarnów – a city in the south of Poland with about 115,000 inhabitants. The hospital is a public institution and employs 761 staff, 85% of whom are women and 25% of whom are individuals aged 50 years or older.
  • Initiative Types

    Work adjustments, Care-related supports

Case Study: Care-related supports – Casa Pia de Lisboa, Portugal

  • Portugal
Company / organisation name Casa Pia de Lisboa Initiative name Support for employees with children with disabilities
  • Initiative Types

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

Case Study: Leave-related Measures – Achmea, the Netherlands

  • Netherlands
Company / organisation name Achmea Initiative name Life stage aware diversity policy (LDB)
  • Initiative Types

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

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