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Europe’s frayed ends: Understanding the challenges of 21st century burnout

Europe’s frayed ends: Understanding the challenges of 21st century burnout

News   •   Sep 10, 2018 14:55 BST

The effects of burnout on workers can be severe; without detection and proper treatment burnout symptoms can last several years – impacting not just the health of individual workers, but also business success and broader economic performance. However, a lack of clear definition and understanding of burnout has resulted in a disparate and fragmented policy response at national level.

New tasks in old jobs: Manufacturing in Europe increasingly driven by automation

New tasks in old jobs: Manufacturing in Europe increasingly driven by automation

News   •   Sep 06, 2018 10:18 BST

The importance of physical tasks in manufacturing is generally declining due to automation; with more intensive use of digitally controlled equipment, and the increasing importance of quality standards, resulting in a growing amount of intellectual tasks for manual industrial workers.

Upcoming policy brief: Women in management

Upcoming policy brief: Women in management

News   •   Aug 21, 2018 15:41 BST

Eurofound's forthcoming policy brief focuses on women who have overcome the barriers and advanced into management. It aims to assess whether women, once they have reached a managerial role, continue to encounter obstacles that their male counterparts do not face.

Forthcoming research: Burnout in Europe

Forthcoming research: Burnout in Europe

News   •   Aug 17, 2018 11:46 BST

In September Eurofound will release a new report on Burnout in Europe, examining what causes burnout, the effects of burnout, and mapping where in Europe it is considered an occupational disease.

The quest for convergence

The quest for convergence

News   •   Aug 06, 2018 09:00 BST

As the European Union recoups the losses of the crisis and seeks a sounder footing for future growth, the concept of convergence has taken centre stage in the policy discourse. But what do we mean by ‘convergence’ in the European context?

Is teleworking taking off?

Is teleworking taking off?

News   •   Jul 30, 2018 09:00 BST

Smartphones and mobile technologies are increasingly important in our everyday lives; by expanding opportunities to telework, have they also transformed the world of work?

Social mobility: Going up? Or down?

Social mobility: Going up? Or down?

News   •   Jul 23, 2018 09:00 BST

It seems that social structures are hardening. As the modernisation of economies subsides, fewer new jobs are being created at the higher occupational levels, and this is curtailing upward mobility.

Platform work and employment conditions

Platform work and employment conditions

News   •   Jul 19, 2018 12:30 BST

@JuanMenendezEF presents #eurofound latest research findings on #platform #work and employment conditions at the informal #EPSCO #eu2018at today 19 July 2018

Sharing caring

Sharing caring

News   •   Jul 16, 2018 09:00 BST

​It is well known that women take more responsibility for the care of their children than men. According to the 2016 EQLS, 88% of mothers compared to 64% of fathers in the EU care for their children every day. These fathers estimate they give 21 hours a week to the care of their children, while the mothers dedicate 39 hours per week.

Nurturing innovation at work

Nurturing innovation at work

News   •   Jul 09, 2018 09:00 BST

Companies that encourage their employees to participate in broad decision-making around operations or strategic direction can not only improve job satisfaction, but also increase levels of innovation.

The tide is rising, are all boats lifting?

The tide is rising, are all boats lifting?

News   •   Jul 04, 2018 09:00 BST

​Employment is at its highest level ever in the EU, and the employment recovery is now well-established in Europe. But is it being felt in all countries?

The human factor in innovation

The human factor in innovation

Blog posts   •   Jun 29, 2018 13:00 BST

Companies are constantly competing for the next big thing in innovation – the next-generation 3D phone, the quantum computer, the virtual doctor. They fixate on technological breakthroughs and look for new business models. But innovation also needs systems, an organisational structure and people who work together.

Germany’s minimum wage has reduced wage inequality

Germany’s minimum wage has reduced wage inequality

Blog posts   •   Jun 20, 2018 09:00 BST

Wages grew and wage inequality fell in most EU countries in 2015. Germany is not one of the countries where wages rose most, but it did have the largest reduction of wage inequality. Our analysis shows that the German minimum wage policy introduced in 2015 strongly lifted the wages of the lowest-paid employees, particularly those employees who were lower-skilled, younger or working in services.

Europe’s economic recovery continues in times of political instability

Europe’s economic recovery continues in times of political instability

Blog posts   •   Jun 18, 2018 13:00 BST

Europe is showing visible signs of progress; in most countries, labour markets are healthier than they have been in a decade, with more people active and in work than ever before, while social exclusion is declining. However, it is also a continent in transition, where an imbalance in opportunities for prosperity and quality of life directly determines to what extent you have felt this recovery.

Europe’s recovery means a better life for many, but not all

Europe’s recovery means a better life for many, but not all

News   •   Jun 12, 2018 12:00 BST

​The number of people active in the labour market is at an all-time high, ratings for key public services are increasing and there is a marked recovery in trust in national institutions in many Member States, these developments are detailed in Eurofound’s latest Living and working in Europe yearbook for 2017.

Three vectors transforming work in the digital revolution

Three vectors transforming work in the digital revolution

Blog posts   •   Jun 08, 2018 09:00 BST

​Digital technologies are transforming work, but the implications have not yet been fully grasped. In a recent Eurofound report, we focus on three main vectors of change to discuss the effects of digital technologies on work and employment and the policy responses such change demands.

Stamping out fraud in hiring practices across Europe

Stamping out fraud in hiring practices across Europe

Blog posts   •   Jun 04, 2018 10:00 BST

Research Manager Isabella Biletta looks at fraudulent practices in the contracting of work across the EU. The article is based on several years of Eurofound research on the subject.

Invitation to 'Future jobs - current challenges: Cedefop 2018 Skills forecast' launch event, in Brussels on 8 June 2018

Invitation to 'Future jobs - current challenges: Cedefop 2018 Skills forecast' launch event, in Brussels on 8 June 2018

News   •   May 31, 2018 16:00 BST

Invitation to 'Future jobs - current challenges: Cedefop 2018 Skills forecast' launch event, in Brussels on 8 June 2018

Automation, digitalisation and platforms: Implications for work and employment

Automation, digitalisation and platforms: Implications for work and employment

News   •   May 25, 2018 09:00 BST

The onset of the digital revolution has resulted in technological advances that are constantly evolving. This report reviews the history of the digital revolution to date, placing it in the context of other periods of marked technological advances and examining how technological change interacts with changes in institutions.

What about men?

What about men?

Blog posts   •   May 23, 2018 09:00 BST

In this blog piece, originally published in Social Europe, Karel Fric and Camilla Galli da Bino look at the issue of discrimination against men in the workplace in Europe, and the current lack of research in this area.