Working life barometer measures changes in working life
Each year, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment produces a working life barometer, which describes the state of working life at Finnish workplaces. In the barometer, employees give their views of their work and the results are based on interviews in which employees are asked questions about
- organisation of work
- working hour and pay schemes
- work related learning and autonomy
- discrimination, harassment and violence at workplaces
- work ability and health and
- labour market prospects.
Preliminary data is published at the start of the year and the final report in the autumn. According to the 2017 working life barometer, employees’ opportunities to participate in the development of their own workplaces have improved considerably over the past ten years or more (see the figure below).
Research-based information is needed for decision-making
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is involved in research projects producing information about how Finnish working life is developing and how it fares in international comparisons. For example, the international PIAAC survey measuring adult skills in different countries is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Ministry of Education and Culture. The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) produces information about the state of working life in different EU countries. The Ministry is represented in Eurofound’s Governing Board and in this way it can influence the foundation’s research programmes.
Maija Lyly-Yrjänäinen, maija.lyly-yrjanainen(at)tem.fi
Tiina Hanhike, tiina.hanhike(at)tem.fi
Figure. Opportunities to participate in the development of one’s own workplace in 2006 – 2017 (%)