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.

51 items found (page 1 of 6)

Case Study: Awareness raising – Hypo Oberösterreich, Austria

  • Austria
Company / organisation name Hypo Oberösterreich (Oberösterreichische Landesbank AG) Initiative name Work and Family Audit (Audit Beruf und Familie)
  • Initiative Types

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

Case Study: Work adjustments – Axa, Portugal

  • Portugal
Company / organisation name Axa Portugal Initiative name Flexible working hours
  • Initiative Types

    Hours reduction, Work adjustments, awareness raising

Case Study: Work Adjustment – Eircom, Ireland

  • Ireland
Company / organisation name Eircom Initiative name Work–life Balance project About the company / organisation Eircom is the principal provider of fixed-line telecommunications services in Ireland and is also one of the larger providers of mobile services. The company employs over 6,000 staff.
  • Initiative Types

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

Case Study: Awareness raising – CERA Cooperative, Belgium

  • Belgium
Company / organisation name CERA Cooperative Initiative name Supporting Workers: A New Perspective for the Family
  • Initiative Types

    awareness raising, Co-operation with external agencies

Case Study: Care-related supports – Warsaw City Hall, Poland

  • Poland
Company / organisation name Warsaw City Hall Initiative name Employee Social Benefit Fund for supporting working carers
  • Initiative Types

    Work adjustments, Care-related supports

Case Study: Awareness Raising – Centrica, UK

  • United Kingdom
Company / organisation name Centrica Initiative name Diversity – Carers Policy
  • Initiative Types

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

Case Study: Care-related supports – Graz University, Austria

  • Austria
Company / organisation name Karl-Franzens University, Graz Initiative name University and Family Audit at Graz University, Austria About the company / organisation The Karl-Franzens University is one of the most respected universities of Austria. The third largest and second oldest university in the country, it was founded in 1585 by Archduke Charles II of Austria.
  • Initiative Types

    Work adjustments, Care-related supports, awareness raising

Case Study: Work Adjustments – Connexxion, the Netherlands

  • Netherlands
Company / organisation name Connexxion Initiative name Informal policy on working carers About the company / organisation With about 15,000 employees, Connexxion is one of the largest employers in the Netherlands. Its main activity is local public transport, including bus, rail and water transport; taxi and ambulance services; tour services; and passenger information services.
  • Initiative Types

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

Case Study: Care-related supports – Novartis, France

  • France
Company / organisation name Novartis France Initiative name Carer-friendly flexibility and care-related supports About the company / organisation Currently, the group Novartis is the world’s third-largest company in the pharmaceutical and health sector. Novartis has about 1,800 employees in France, 60% of whom are women and 37% are aged 50 years or older.
  • Initiative Types

    Hours reduction, Care-related supports, awareness raising

Case Study: Care-related Supports – BT, UK

  • United Kingdom
Company / organisation name BT Initiative name Company support for working carers
  • Initiative Types

    Work adjustments, Health/wellbeing, Care-related supports, awareness raising, Co-operation with external agencies

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