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Frequently asked questions

This page provides a summary of the most important information you need to know when participating in the Sustainable Workforce Survey.

Sustainable workforce focusses on organizations and establishments with more than 40 employees within 6 occupational sectors:
- Manufacturing

- Health care
- Higher education
- Finance
- Transport

- Telecom & Electronics


In the second wave of the study, that is currently underweay, we only reach out to organisations that participated in wave one.

Sustainable Workforce is interested in employees working in Manufacturing, Health Care, Higher Education, Finance, Transport, and the Telecom & Electronics sector.


Using business lists of branch organizations within each sector, we selected smaller and larger organizations, and organizations that vary in the demographics of their workforce such as the percentage of female and older employees. The organization you work with meets these criteria and was thus selected to participate in our research.


Within each organization we focus on employees working within several kinds of departments. In consultation with the HR-manager of your organization we selected three departments which fulfill core activities within the organization. Your department is chosen to participate in this research and, therefore, you have been approached to support us in our research.

Sustainable Workforce is an innovative scientific research project. Its novelty being the first of this kind in which organizations, managers and employees within nine European countries are questioned within a single study. The project results will produce unique knowledge and best practices on how not only to achieve but also to maintain a sustainable workforce. Besides the academic community which will benefit from the outcome of our research, also organizations, employers, union representatives, governments, and policymakers at EU level belong to our target group and will therefore profit from the collected information.


In order to obtain a complete and reliable picture of the causes and consequences of organizational investments in a sustainable workforce, it is important that as many organizations and employees as possible participate in our research. Organizations as well as employees may vary in all kinds of aspects. Organizations differ, for example, in size (big or small companies), occupational sector and the percentage of women in the workforce. Employees are diverse in terms of age, gender, job satisfaction level and their family situation. It is therefore important that all these characteristics are captured in our research. If some organizations and employees decide not to participate it will have a negative influence on the representativeness of the study and its results might become less reliable.

The data will be used for various purposes.

Scientific researchers will analyze the data to answer important questions within the social sciences. The section Community Output provides a list of all scientific publications that are based on the data of the Sustainable Workforce Survey.

We also publish a clear summary of the most important findings in our newsletter. You can subscribe for the newsletter at the bottom of the website.

Furthermore, all participating organizations will receive a tailor-made report in which we compare their results with results of other organizations within other sectors and countries. In this way, the organization gets information about the state of affairs including relevant starting points for improvement. These reports are strictly confidential and will not be provided to third parties.


All publications are fully anonymized. This means that public information cannot be traced to individual organizations and employees. The name of your organization and employees will never be announced in these publications.

All answers in the Sustainable Workforce Survey are processed anonymously and strictly confidential. Individual employees, managers and organizations cannot be identified. Organizations do not have access to the answers of individual employees.


The research is carried out according to scientific standards and is conducted fairly and objectively. The Code of Conduct of the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research and the Code of Conduct for the Use of Personal Data in Scientific Research (formulated by the Association of Dutch Universities, VSNU) guarantee that the data will be treated with utmost care.

Read here more about our privacy regulations.