ERIC Number: ED435860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Course 2010. The Future of Work in Europe.
Lehari, Elga; Stehr, Christoph; Lemmer, Ruth
BASIS-Info, n29 1999
These three articles come from the series "Course 2010--A Decade in View" published in the Handelsblatt (Duesseldorf and Frankfurt/Main), an influential German business newspaper. "The Labor Market: With Flexibility into the Service Society" (Elga Lehari) states that the key to more employment in future is a service society with an industrial base. It foresees constant development in the size of the labor force up to 2010, followed by a shortage of labor across the labor market from 2010-2020, and a drop in the labor force almost to the present level by 2040. It recommends more flexible work instruments, globally oriented flexibility, and provision of services for working women. "Organization of Work: Supreme Authority Rests with the Team" (Christoph Stehr) focuses on the "Oticon system," named for a Danish hearing aid manufacturer. It discusses the manufacturer's innovative management style that proves business objectives can be achieved by "soft" changes, e.g. in the way work is organized. It describes the open-plan office that provides for no fixed workplace (no desk) and self-organized work. "Working Hours: Change Begins in the Mind" (Ruth Lemmer) addresses flexibility in the workplace. It discusses the Augel model of a construction firm where all workers receive a fixed monthly salary: they stipulate the number of hours they wish to be paid for each month, with extra hours booked into an account. Common models of flexible working hours are described: flexitime, part-time work, job sharing, and time accounts to save time for a sabbatical or early retirement. (YLB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inter Nationes, Bonn (Germany).
Identifiers - Location: Denmark; Germany