Social dialogue, working time arrangements and work–life balance in European companies

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19 January 2010
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08 December 2009
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Abstract

Working time policies, although designed within the national and sectoral framework and the boundaries of institutional regulations, are fine-tuned and implemented at the level of each company, taking account of the environment in which the company operates and the workforce it is employing. Hence, companies have placed more importance on working time organisation in recent years. In light of this, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions launched in 2004 its first Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work–Life Balance (ESWT), covering a large array of working time arrangements such as flexible working hours, overtime, part-time work, work at unusual hours, childcare leave or other forms of long-term leave, and phased or early retirement. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

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    Social dialogue, working time arrangements and work–life balance in European companies

    Working time policies, although designed within the national and sectoral framework and the boundaries of institutional regulations, are fine-tuned and implemented at the level of each company, taking account of the environment in which the company operates and the workforce it is employing. Hence, companies have placed more importance on working time organisation in recent years. In light of this, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions launched in 2004 its first Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work–Life Balance (ESWT), covering a large array of working time arrangements such as flexible working hours, overtime, part-time work, work at unusual hours, childcare leave or other forms of long-term leave, and phased or early retirement.

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    Diálogo social, organização do tempo de trabalho e conciliação entre o trabalho e a vida privada nas empresas europeias - Resumo

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    Eurofound
    O inquérito (ESWT) foi realizado em 21 países europeus: os antigos 15 Estados-Membros da União Europeia e seis dos novos Estados-Membros: República Checa, Chipre, Hungria, Letónia, Polónia e Eslovénia. Em mais de 21 000 estabelecimentos dos sectores público e privado, responsáveis pelos recursos humanos e, sempre que possível, representantes dos trabalhadores foram entrevistados sobre a organização do tempo de trabalho e sobre a conciliação entre o trabalho e a vida privada no local de trabalho. As conclusões oferecem-nos uma perspectiva única das diferentes formas de diálogo social e de organização do tempo de trabalho, e das medidas de incentivo à conciliação entre o trabalho e a vida privada actualmente em vigor em empresas de toda a Europa.



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