Organisations throughout Europe want to invest in their employees. That is an important finding from European research, led by Tanja van der Lippe of Utrecht University, of which the results are now published in the book: Investments in a Sustainable Workforce in Europe. But how do those investments in people turn out on? The book examines this in more detail.
Tanja van der Lippe, Professor of Sociology Sociology at Utrecht University ,started an ERC-funded European study into how and why companies invest in valuable manpower and how these investments work out in practice. Van der Lippe is affiliated with the Future of Work hub at Utrecht University, where scholars from different disciplines conduct research into the future of work. She has recently been nominated for the Huibregtsen Prize of the KNAW for this Sustainable Workforce research project. With a growing number of women, part-timers, and people over 55 on the labour market and innovations in technology, companies see the need to help create "sustainable employability" in HR terms and a "sustainable" labour market.
What is meant by "sustainable"?
What does Van der Lippe actually mean by "sustainable", a term originally from the "green" movement, having to do with the environment?