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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)


European Company Survey 2009

Flexibility profiles of European companies [20 October 2010]


[full-text, 45 pages]


Author:            Kerkhofs, Marcel; Román, Amelia; Ester, Peter


Summary:        This report analyses European corporate practices in terms of working time flexibility as revealed by the European Company Survey 2009 (ECS 2009). Flexibility in working time is a central aspect of ongoing debates regarding boosting employment in the EU. Enabling employees to better balance their working time and domestic reponsibilities is seen as a key way of encouraging more citizens to enter and remain in the workforce. At the same time, greater working time flexibility on the part of companies – and hence, employees – can enable European enterprises to be more responsive to market demands, so boosting the Union's competitiveness. An executive summary is available.




Foreword v

Executive summary 1

Introduction 5

Chapter 1: Constructing a flexibility typology 7

Selection of indicators for the typology 9

Chapter 2: Flexibility profiles from the ECS 2009 11

Cluster flexibility practices 12

Comparison with ESWT typology 14

Chapter 3: Flexibility of companies across Europe 15

Country distribution 15

Regional distribution 16

Cluster prevalence by index number 19

Chapter 4: Flexibility profiles and company characteristics 21

Sector 21

Company size 22

Other characteristics 22

Chapter 5: Flexibility profiles and performance 25

Financial situation 25

Labour productivity 26

Staffing and general work climate 27

Conclusions 29

Bibliography 31


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