Cedefop and Eurofound are sharing expertise and resources to carry out the next European Company Survey. The survey will explore the strategies deployed by companies to meet their skill needs, through recruitment, HR development practices and work organisation. In this context, special emphasis will be put on the impact of digitalisation.
To achieve sustainable, inclusive and smart growth, Europe needs competitive companies that offer decent jobs to workers. To perform at their best, companies need motivated workers with the right skills to do their job, and willing to use those skills to the best of their ability. To have sustainable, productive and fulfilling careers, workers need a stimulating work environment that recognises their input and facilitates their development.
Eurofound and Cedefop have joined forces to carry out the fourth European Company Survey (ECS) in 2019. The ECS 2019 will collect data on workplace practices put in place with regard to work organisation, human resource management, skills use, skills strategies, digitalisation, direct employee participation and social dialogue. It will allow for the identification of those bundles of workplace practices that work particularly well in creating win–win outcomes: situations where workers are facilitated and motivated to use their skills to the full, share their knowledge and insights with colleagues and management, and identify opportunities to improve both themselves and the work process as a whole, allowing establishments to thrive.
The ECS 2019 is the first large-scale, cross-national survey to use a push-to-web approach. Over 25,000 establishments across all EU Member States will be contacted via telephone to identify a management respondent, and, where possible, an employee representative respondent. Respondents will then be asked to fill out the survey questionnaire online. This approach reduces the burden on respondents and is expected to improve the quality of responses. Moving the questionnaire administration fully online makes the ECS well and truly future-proof.
The overview report for the ECS 2019 will be published in autumn 2020. It will describe patterns in workplace practices, and relate them to managerial strategies and outcomes for businesses and their employees.
This 4th European Company Survey will ensure continuity with core issues that have been explored previously by Eurofound. However, this wave will be informed by findings and expertise of Cedefop stemming from earlier projects:
- Cedefop pilot survey on skills obsolescence, which showed the importance of the key role of organisations for workers’ ability to keep their skills up to date
- Cedefop European Skills and Jobs Survey that showed the key role of workplace organisation in the way skills are utilized. Job tasks affects the extent to which workers draw on their skills and the adoption of a complex job design, including challenging duties, can lead to skill development.
- Third, the survey questionnaire also borrows from the ongoing Cedefop analysis of eight qualitative case studies on learning strategies in successful companies from the project on learning cultures in organizations.
Survey preparation has started and field work will take place at the end 2018 / beginning 2019. First results will be published end 2019.