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Sustainable Workforce

Organizations play a key role in building a sustainable workforce: they invest time and money in training programs, create flexible work opportunities, develop work-life policies, try to enhance the long-term employability of older workers, and invest in flexible and secure contractual arrangements.


Our program explores the causes of such investments and their returns for both employees and the organization.


Which type of organizations invests in training programs for older employees and will it enhance employee productivity? Do leave arrangements help employees balance their work and family lives? And to what extent does investing in work flexibility improve organizational performance?


What are the returns on my organisation’s HR Investments?

To ensure that the research findings are helpful for your organisation’s development, our research team at Utrecht University (ranked #1 in the Netherlands) will produce a tailor made complimentary  benchmarking report.  The report will compare your organisation with others from the same sector across Europe on:

1. Investments in sustainable workforce policies, such as:

  • Training
  • Work life flexibility
  • Health arrangements
  • Older worker employability

2. Returns on these investments in terms of:

  • Productivity
  • Performance
  • Organisational commitment
  • Work-life balance


The report will provide the unique opportunity to evaluate the efficacy of your HR policies and give the basis for making strategic decisions about these investments. The report will be provided free of charge in return for your organisation’s participation in the project.