Monitoring Work & Employment by TNO

The employment situation of the Dutch workforce is changing constantly. TNO investigates these changes and their impact on productivity, innovation, health and sustainable employment within the Monitoring Work & Employment Programma. The programme is financially supported by the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. The programme relies on several data sources.

The Netherlands Working Conditions Survey

The Netherlands Working Conditions Survey (Nationale Enquête Arbeidsomstandigheden) is a large scale periodical investigation into the working conditions of Dutch employees. Issues addressed in de questionnaire vary from psychological workload and workplace bullying to occupational accidents, working hours, development and payment. Nine surveys have been performed to date, in 2003 and 2005-2014. Some 23,000 - 38,000 employees per year have responded to the surveys.

 

The aim of the NWCS is to investigate the quality of work and employment in the Netherlands. A large and representative random sample of employees is taken yearly. The NWCS tracks trends in work risks, the effects of those risks and the measures taken by employers. The NWCS data are also used to analyze the relationship between work and health. We provide employers' organizations, unions and the Ministry of Social affairs and Employment with national reference data for the purpose of occupational health and safety covenants.

 

A selection of subjects covered in the survey:

  • working hours, overtime, evening, night and weekend work
  • work pressure, cognitive demands, emotional demands, computer work
  • physical strain, work-related noise, dangerous and dirty work, safety culture
  • workplace violence and discrimination
  • health, chronic illness, burn-out, RSI
  • absence and accidents at work, occupational health care
  • productivity/functioning
  • terms of employment
  • work-home interference

 

In addition to the yearly cross-sectional surveys, the Netherlands Working Conditions Cohort Study (NWCCS) 2007-2009 is available for research. This longitudinal database is used to give more insight into cause and effect relations.

Netherlands Employers Work Survey

The WEA (Werkgevers Enquête Arbeid, in English: NEWS, Netherlands Employers Work Survey) systematically collects data on work and employment in establishments of profit as well as non profit organizations in the Netherlands. 

 

A selection of subjects covered in the survey:

  • Organizational characteristics
  • Working conditions
  • Employment and industrial relations
  • Social security
  • Organizational developments (social innovation, hierarchy, flexibilization, IT)
  • Personnel and HR-policy (social entrepreneurship, integral health management)
  • Performance and output (productivity, turnover/profit, sickness absence)
Reports, Publications and Results

Look into our virtual bookcase to find a number of publications and reports that are published in English

English publications

TNO Prevention, Work & Health

TNO Prevention, Work & Health - with about 100 employees - is a national center of knowledge on working life issues in the Netherlands. TNO is the largest independent research and consultancy organization in the Netherlands, receiving structural, however partial, funding from the Dutch Government for innovative research and developments. In consultation with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, TNO Work & Employment seeks to develop new approaches to improve the quality of working life in a healthy, sustainable and productive organization. It supports the Dutch government as well as public organizations and the business community. Its major fields of research are the quality of work and health, social innovation and human capital, sustainable employment and sustainable productivity. TNO Work and Employment is a WHO Collaborating Center on Occupational Health, the Dutch representative in the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health (PEROSH) and national correspondent for the European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO; Eurofound), as well as member of the European Association of National productivity Centers (EANPC).

Contactpersoon

Contactpersoon

Drs. S.N.J (Seth) van den Bossche
Programma-manager Monitoring van Arbeid

 

T: 088 866 5330

M: Contact

Publications in English

Contactpersoon

 

Look into our virtual bookcase to find a number of publications and reports that are published in English

Adresgegevens

Schipholweg 77-89
2316 ZL Leiden

 

T: 088 866 5330

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