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Sustainable Workforce Survey

The sustainable Workforce Survey is a large data collection derived from organizations, HR-managers as well as employees within nine European countries.


The aim is to assemble extensive information on the extent to which organizations invest in:

  • Human and social capital (e.g. training programs)
  • Work-life policies (e.g. parental leave opportunities)
  • Flexibility (e.g. allowing flexible working hours and working at home)
  • Employability of elder employees (e.g. early retirement)
  • Flexicurity (such as temporary contracts)


We are interested in finding out if these investments relate to individual outcomes of employees on how they experience e.g. job satisfaction, productivity output, health and work-family balance and organizations' experiences such as profit and social cohesion.



We will be collecting this information via (online) questionnaires in the UK, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Bulgaria.


In each country, we will be approachting 25 organizations and ask for their participation in this research. We will ask the Human Resource manager to fill out the Organization Questionnaire which will provide us with more detailed information about their organization.


We will focus on organizations with more than 40 employees in 6 occupational sectors: manufacturing, health care, higher education, finance, transport and telecom & electronics. In order to obtain a  reliable overview of organizational investments, we will select both small and large organizations, and organizations that vary in the percentage of female and older employees.


Within each organization, we will choose employees of three different departments to fill out an Employee Questionnaire. We will also approach the managers of these departments so as to provide us with information about the department via filling out the Manager Questionnaire.


In total we will have collected information from nine countries, 260 organizations, 810 managers, and a more than 10,000 employees.


In order to examine changes within organizations and keep track of the development of the employees in the workplace, we will approach organizations and employees twice.

The first round of the data collection will start in the spring of 2015. The second round takes place in 2017.


All responses will be processed anonymously and strictly confidentially. Individual employees, managers and organizations cannot be identified. Data will not be traceable to individual employees, managers nor to organizations. Furthermore, organizations do not have access to the responses given by their employees. Read more about our privacy regulations here.