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World Mental Health Day: Common approach to burnout still lacking

World Mental Health Day: Common approach to burnout still lacking

News   •   Oct 10, 2018 07:00 BST

​Today is World Mental Health Day, a yearly event held by the World Health Organization with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. Eurofound has made a limited number of copies of its latest report on Burnout i​n the workplace available to order, free of charge, via its website

Feelings of insecurity widespread in Europe

Feelings of insecurity widespread in Europe

News   •   Oct 09, 2018 11:00 BST

Feelings of insecurity in several dimensions of life are widespread in the EU, even among those who are materially well-off. Only 1% of the EU population enjoys the highest level of security in the combined areas of personal security and security in housing, healthcare, employment and old-age income.

Big differences in female share of employment and management in Europe

Big differences in female share of employment and management in Europe

News   •   Oct 04, 2018 09:00 BST

​On average, women make up 36% of all managers in Europe. Some of the newer Member States lead the way in terms of the equal representation of men and women both in labour markets and in management. This graph shows the female share of management in each of the Member States.

Equality still far from reach for women in management

Equality still far from reach for women in management

News   •   Oct 02, 2018 15:16 BST

Management is still mostly a man's game. The limited presence of women in management roles in European workplaces, despite years of gender equality policy, illustrates the magnitude of the challenge in achieving gender equality at work and highlights the need for more concerted effort and comprehensive long-term strategies to drive change.

Better living and working conditions in a language we can all understand

Better living and working conditions in a language we can all understand

News   •   Sep 26, 2018 08:45 BST

Today is European Day of Languages, a yearly event that celebrates the linguistic diversity of a continent with over 200 European languages, 24 official EU languages, around 60 regional or minority languages, and many more spoken by people from other parts of the world.

Getting to grips with the growth of platform work

Getting to grips with the growth of platform work

News   •   Sep 25, 2018 09:00 BST

Platform work is still small in scale in Europe, but it is rapidly growing and becoming increasingly important for the digital economy. Much needs to be done, not just to track and adapt to its development, but also to ensure that we have a common definition of what platform work is and how it impacts the broader world of work.

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.