Working conditions

Working conditions and workers' health

Report
Updated
13 May 2019
Published
13 May 2019
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Executive summary in 22 languages

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Abstract

This report uses European Working Conditions Survey data to examine working conditions and their implications for worker’s health. Ensuring the sustainability of work in the context of ageing populations implies a greater number of people in employment who can remain in the workforce for longer. The report examines the interplay between work demands – which carry an increased risk of exhaustion – and work resources – which support workers in greater engagement and well-being. The findings indicate that physical risks have not increased but remain important, while emotional demands have increased, underlining the growing importance of psychosocial risks at work. Changes over time suggest that although the risk of poor health is concentrated in certain occupations, those occupations traditionally considered to be protected are increasingly exposed to risks that are likely to affect workers’ health and well-being.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    80
    Reference No: 
    EF18041
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1846-2
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-04-19-360-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/909840
    Catalogue info

    Working conditions and workers' health

    This report uses European Working Conditions Survey data to examine working conditions and their implications for worker’s health. Ensuring the sustainability of work in the context of ageing populations implies a greater number of people in employment who can remain in the workforce for longer. The report examines the interplay between work demands – which carry an increased risk of exhaustion – and work resources – which support workers in greater engagement and well-being.

    Available formats

  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF180411
    Catalogue info

    Condições de trabalho e saúde dos trabalhadores

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Este relatório utiliza dados do Inquérito Europeu sobre as Condições de Trabalho a fim de analisar as condições de trabalho e as suas implicações para a saúde dos trabalhadores. Assegurar a sustentabilidade do trabalho no contexto do envelhecimento das populações exige que mais pessoas integrem o mercado de trabalho e que nele permaneçam durante mais tempo. O relatório examina a interação entre as exigências de trabalho – que acarretam um maior risco de esgotamento – e os recursos de trabalho – que apoiam os trabalhadores no que diz respeito a um maior envolvimento e bem-estar. Os resultados indicam que os riscos físicos não aumentaram, mas continuam a ser importantes, enquanto as exigências emocionais aumentaram, ressaltando a crescente importância dos riscos psicossociais no trabalho. As mudanças ao longo do tempo sugerem que, embora o risco de problemas de saúde esteja concentrado em certas profissões, as profissões tradicionalmente consideradas protegidas estão cada vez mais expostas a riscos que podem afetar a saúde e o bem-estar dos trabalhadores.

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Part of the series

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2015

    ​Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the 2015 EWCS. The survey was first carried out in 1991.

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