Name:Flexicurity in Time of Crisis
Project leader:Mgr. Renata Kyzlinková, Ph.D.
Provider:European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Team member:PhDr. Štěpánka Lehmann, Ph.D.
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Start of project:2010
End of project:2011
Project recipient:Institute for Employment Studies (IES)
Project co-recipient:VÚPSV, v. v. i.

“Flexicurity” is a relatively new concept occurring in documents of the European Union. It combines two dimensions – flexibility of workers together with their protection. Flexibility is understood as both flexible working hours, i.e. arrangement of working time, and workers’ flexible qualification and their competence to perform various tasks at work. Workers’ protection is understood not only with regard to certainty of their current job but also to their future employability and corresponding social security. The purpose of the project was to find out how workers’ flexicurity has been changed and developing over the last three years. Within the project, case studies were conducted in companies in 6 European countries. Selected were such companies that strive through their HR policy to comply with demands of a certain group of employees. Within one case study, two interviews with members of the company management were conducted and then two interviews with employee representatives (i.e. with the trade union). Subsequently, a discussion with a group of employees took place. The interviews focused on questions regarding a company policy promoting women (e.g. flexible measures promoting women returning from the maternity leave, women with young children and balance of work and family life or women’s professional and career growth and their greater representation in managerial positions). Questions were oriented at the profit of both the company and its employees, by profit we mean not only the financial profit but also gaining certainties and stability which flexible measures bring to both sides. Simultaneously, complications related to the introduction of these measures as well as accompanying losses were studied.