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The Impact of Working Time on Health and Safety

The line between work and free time is becoming blurred

A new study by Eurofound reminds Member States that good worker health, satisfaction with working conditions and flexible arrangements that allow reconciliation of professional and private life, are the best starting point for extending the retirement age.

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) has published a new publication "Working time patterns for sustainable work" , which analyzes individual working time arrangements and their impact on reconciling work and private life, the health and well-being of workers and the sustainability of work.

By changing the nature and content of the work, the duration and organization of working time are also changing. The boundary between work and free time is increasingly blurred.

The study concludes that the health and well-being of workers positively contribute in particular to the ability to influence the allocation of working time and the fixed fixed working time. Dissatisfaction with working conditions, irregular working hours, prolonging working time, high intensity of work and working in leisure time negatively affect the reconciliation of professional and private life.

Good worker health, satisfaction with working conditions and flexible arrangements that enable reconciliation of professional and private life are the best starting point for extending the retirement age. The EU Member States should therefore encourage such working time allocations that positively reflect on the health and well-being of workers. They should also promote greater autonomy in the workplace and better reconciliation of work and private life.

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