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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?

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.

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.

Minimum wages continue to climb across Europe

Minimum wages continue to climb across Europe

News   •   Apr 19, 2018 09:00 BST

Increases to minimum wages have gathered pace since 2010, with the highest increases recorded in countries which had the lowest minimum wages. However a large gap remains, with minimum wage workers in Bulgaria, the country with the lowest statutory minimum wage, earning just one-eighth the salary of minimum wages workers in Luxembourg, which has the highest rate.

Disruption on the horizon: Game changing technologies in manufacturing in Europe

Disruption on the horizon: Game changing technologies in manufacturing in Europe

News   •   Apr 05, 2018 13:00 BST

The new report Game changing technologies: Exploring the impact on production processes and work summarises the findings of five case studies on the likely impact of game changing technologies on production and employment in the manufacturing sector in Europe up to 2025.

EU Agencies unite against harassment on International Women’s Day

EU Agencies unite against harassment on International Women’s Day

News   •   Mar 08, 2018 12:00 GMT

The Heads of the EU Agencies have pledged to communicate to their staff that harassment in the workplace is not acceptable, to ensure respect for existing laws and the staff regulation, to promote diversity at work, and to provide a trusted environment in the workplace.

Tune in at 09:30 CET on 8 March and watch: Access to and quality of public services in the EU - a debate on improving quality of life

Tune in at 09:30 CET on 8 March and watch: Access to and quality of public services in the EU - a debate on improving quality of life

News   •   Mar 07, 2018 17:00 GMT

Eurofound and the European Economic and Social Committee, under the banner of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU, bring together representatives of the social partners, EU institutions, national and regional representatives, practitioners, civil society and academics to debate on access and quality of public services in EU28, as highlighted in Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey.

Evidence-based research is fundamental to gender equality in Europe

Evidence-based research is fundamental to gender equality in Europe

News   •   Mar 06, 2018 16:00 GMT

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March we invite you to explore the issue of gender equality in depth, to read about the different areas in which gender equality is most urgently needed. Eurofound assists in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies for all EU citizens and those that call Europe home.

People on lower incomes in Europe economising on food to make ends meet

People on lower incomes in Europe economising on food to make ends meet

News   •   Feb 19, 2018 13:00 GMT

People in the lowest income quartile in the EU are going without fresh fruit and vegetables to save, and a higher proportion are buying cheaper cuts of meat or buying less meat because of money concerns. This practice is occurring throughout Europe, but there are vast differences between Member States.