A talk of interest to COR community…
“A Happy and Sustainable Workforce for All?”
Professor Tanja van der Lippe, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Location: SSPB 4250
ABSTRACT: In this day and age, high levels of flexibility and insecurity are driving the need to understand how all workers can be happy and productive, especially those with a low socio-economic status (SES). I argue that work-family research needs to focus more on low SES employees. To what extent are work-life organizational policies as available to low SES workers as they are to high SES workers? Are low and high SES workers able to make use of these policies, and does utilization contribute to better outcomes for all employees? Advocating a multi-level perspective, I will draw on new and unique data from the Sustainable Workforce ERC Project, in which we studied 11,011 employees, nested in 869 teams at 259 organizations in 9 European countries. These countries are Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
BIO: Tanja van der Lippe is Professor of Sociology of Households and Employment Relations at the Department of Sociology and Research School (ICS) of Utrecht University, head of the Department of Sociology and research director ICS Utrecht. Her research interests are in the area of work-family linkages in Dutch and other societies, for which she received a number of large scale grants from Dutch and European Science Foundations.