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Encuesta de Calidad de Vida Europea (EQLS)

Encuesta de Calidad de Vida Europea (EQLS)

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Estos resultados, de la tercera Encuesta de Calidad de Vida Europea (EQLS) de Eurofound se han presentado hoy, 29 de noviembre de 2012, reflejando -con algunas excepciones interesantes- la realidad económica, con los mayores niveles de optimismo en Dinamarca y Suecia, y los menores niveles en Grecia, Italia y Portugal.

Estos resultados, de la tercera Encuesta de Calidad de Vida Europea (EQLS) de Eurofound se han presentado hoy, 29 de noviembre de 2012, reflejando -con algunas excepciones interesantes- la realidad económica, con los mayores niveles de optimismo en Dinamarca y Suecia, y los menores niveles en Grecia, Italia y Portugal.

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Policy context

The Integrated Guidelines for the Europe 2020 strategy un-
derline the importance of work–life balance as a factor in in-
creasing labour market participation (European Commission,
2010b), particularly for young people, older workers and wom-
en. Alongside the long-standing recognition of the significance
for gender equality of reconciling work with family and private
life, there is evidently a greater appreciation of the need for
a lifecycle approach and recognition that work–life balance is
an issue for workers throughout their working life. The guide-
lines refer to the need for innovation in work organisation (es-
pecially working time) but also in provision of affordable care,
acknowledging that not only access to childcare but also care
facilities for other dependents are essential for reconciling em-
ployment with care responsibilities.

Work–life balance is at the intersection of many of the condi-
tions – income, health, family – that appear to matter most to
people for their quality of life (Eurofound, 2004). As the OECD
(2007) report emphasises, good work–life policies enable ad-
equate family income for now and pension security for the
future, while contributing to child development outcomes and
helping parents to realise labour market aspirations. Among
the different policies supporting satisfactory work–life balance,
workplace practices appear particularly crucial, especially
where public policies and care services are less developed.
These workplace practices and policies may include attention
to childcare or care of the elderly in some, generally larger,

workplaces (Eurofound, 2011a) but mostly address leave ar-
rangements and working time.

Working time, its regularity and structure has proven a con-
sistently significant factor influencing satisfaction with work–life
balance (Eurofound, 2012b) and is considered first in this chap-
ter. However, time in paid work has to be considered in relation
to commitments in housework and care (usually unpaid) which
are considered next. Eurofound has explored reconciliation of
professional and family life as part of several recent surveys
(Eurofound, 2007; Eurofound 2009a; Eurofound, 2010d; Euro-
found, 2012b); results from the EQLS are considered in relation
to these studies, and specifically with regard to changes since
the onset of the financial crisis.

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