EU employers take family-friendly working seriously
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Corporate nameEuropean Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Subject headingsEmployment policy ; Labour policy ; Reconciliation of work and family life ; Work environment ; Humanization of work ; Flexible hours of work
A survey investigating family-friendly working policies in companies in six European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, UK) finds that employers take family-friendly working seriously and have put in place a range of policies to support this, especially in areas such as flexible working and parental support. The main driver for this in most countries was compliance with legislation or collective agreements. The economic crisis has had little impact on the provision of family-friendly working policies.