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Sustainable Workforce Survey

The sustainable Workforce Survey is a large data collection among organizations, managers and employees in nine European countries, in two waves.


The aim is to assemble extensive information on the extent to which organizations invest in:

  • Human and social capital (e.g., training programs)
  • Work-life policies (e.g., parental leave)
  • Flexibility (e.g., flexible working hours and working at home)
  • Employability of elder employees (e.g., part-time early retirement)
  • Flexicurity (such as temporary contracts)
  • Health and vitality (e.g. health behavior)
  • Technology (use of technological innovation at work and at home)


We are interested if these investments relate to individual outcomes of employees (e.g., job satisfaction, productivity, health and work-family balance) and organizations (e.g., profit, social cohesion).



We gather this information via (online) questionnaires in the UK, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, and Bulgaria.


In each country, we have studied approximately 25 organizations. We have asked the Human Resource manager to fill out information about their organization in the Organization Questionnaire.


We focus on organizations with more than 40 employees,  and 6 occupational sectors: health care, higher education, finance, transport, telecom & electronics, and energy. To get a reliable overview of organizational investments, we select small and large organizations, and organizations that vary in the percentage of women and older employees.


Within each organization, we select the employees of three different departments to fill out an Employee Questionnaire. We also approach the managers of the departments to provide information about the department in the Manager Questionnaire.


In total we have information from 9 countries, 259 organizations, 850 managers, and 11,000 employees.


To examine changes within organizations and to to keep track of how it goes with employees in the workplace, we will approach organizations and employees two times.

The first round of the data collection starts in 2015. The second round is in 2017.



All answers will be processed anonymously and strictly confidential. Individual employees, managers and organizations cannot be identified. Data will not be traceable to employees, managers and organizations. Furthermore, organizations do not have access to the answers of employees. Read here more about our privacy regulations.