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. HencRead more
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.
The ESWT survey was carried out in 21 European countries: the former 15 Member States of the European Union and six of the new Member States – the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia. In over 21,000 establishments in both the private and public sectors, personnel managers and employee representatives – where available – were interviewed about working time arrangements and work–life balance at the workplace. The findings provide a unique insight into the various forms of social dialogue, working time arrangements and measures to encourage work–life balance currently in place in companies across Europe. A report is available - see Related content.
Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the first edition of the survey carried out in 2004–2005 under the name European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance.
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