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1 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz The professional Experience Fund a Belgian example

2 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz The Professional Experience Fund A budget fund, supporting companies for projects, intending to improve quality of labour of their older workers, in order to keep them longer at work

3 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Collective Labour Agreements Individual Labour Agreements Labour Inspection Administration Humanisation of Labour (Norming, promoting, implementing of the Well Being at Work law – Occupational Safety and Health) Inspection of Well Being at Work Employment administration and labour market

4 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Federal team  Anne Himpens: National Coordinator  Mark Boulanger: Project developper Flanders and Brussels (NL)  Isabelle Flamion: Project developper Wallonië and Brussels (FR)  Kristof Van Heucke: Administrator Flanders and Brussels (NL)  Dimitri Léonard: Administrator Wallonië and Brussels (FR)  Valérie Urbain: Secretary and Accountancy

5 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Strategy Lissabon, 2000 Belgium, 2003 Europe (15) Belgium, 2010 Degree of employment (% of population at working age, working or unemployed) 59,6 %64,3 % 70 % Mean duration of a career37 year41 year 40,2 year Mean age of retirement of the labour market 57,8 year60,9 year 60 year Degree of employment of the %39,8 % 50 %

6 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz 2001, September 5 th : Law to increase the degree of employment…  legal framework of the PE fund 2003, january 30 th : Order implementing the law 2004 : launch of the Prof. Exp. Fund,  operational start of the PE fund End of 2004: modifications to law End of 2006: Order implementing law modifications Dynaxity…

7 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz A grant to employers of private companies for adapting their working conditions and organisations to the « older worker » (= 45-plus) Today’s professional experience fund

8 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz The projects: studies or adaptations Need to improve the well-being at work. Priorities for: Ocupational safety Health Ergonomics Psychosocial charge

9 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Studies Need to lead to or introduce concrete adaptations of the working conditions or organisation for the 45-plussers

10 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Other criteria Need to go beyond actual legal regulations Concerned workers need to be involved in the conception of the project Positive advice of the committee and service for prevention and protection at work

11 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz The grant Cofinancing Maxima (depending on number of workers of the company)

12 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz  To promote the applying for grants (+ analysing and treating the grant applies) To participate in the issuing of rules (law, orders,…) Mission of the team (at the start, )

13 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Degree of employment of the older worker needs to increase Older workers are too expensive! I would like to go on early retirement (enjoying…) Starting with “Communication - gap”

14 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz “It is not my problem”

15 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz To sensitize the Belgian labour and working environment on the topic To make the topic tangible for companies Our response

16 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz To sensitize -Establishing and maintaining the networks with players on the labourmarket (sectors, federations, …) -Giving presentations and workshops,… -Establishing and maintaining partnerships with organisations working on the same subject with the same target group (ESF-projects: Phoenix, UHasselt, ) -Being present on markets, fairs, exhibitions,… -Being present in specialised press (writen, spoken…)

17 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz To promote the applying for grants, is Making the topic tangible for the companies By meeting and talking about what ageing means for them thinking with them, for a solution with the help of partners: consultants, Forem, RESOC/SERR, social secretaries, HR- management organisations, Occupational Safety and Health Organisations,…

18 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz June /- 150 applies (*): +/_ 50 approved +/- 10 not approved (*) Started only second half 2005

19 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz More then 100 companies applied for grants Transport, interim, Caring, Shipbuilding, Distribution, Construction, Textile, Industrial Cleaning, Metal, Social Workplace, …

20 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Model of the projects Start situation: Demotivion off, wanting to quid the job (observed by sick leave, interviewing, originated by personal event,…) Project:  analysis WHY,  WHAT can be done to influence motivation?  IMPLEMENT CHANGE

21 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Model of studies Situation: anticipating lack of workers, wanting to know what demotivates, wanting to know how people perceive their job and the working environment, wanting to detect how to adapt. Project (usually for bigger groups):  analysis WHY,  WHAT can be done to influence motivation?

22 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Types of Projects Changes in responsibilities/function descriptions, replacing the more fysical and/or psychological charges of the job by less charged responsibilities (for ex. Coaching, using the build experience) Changes in working organisation, reducing working hours, introducing work at home. (reducing originators of stress, due to traffic jam,…) Introducing ergonomical improvements, going beyond the legal well-being at work law.

23 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Confirming earlier Scientifical research results about how people perceive working…

24 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Rhythm and pressure of work (DIOVA, 2004)

25 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Changes at work, (DIOVA, 2004)

26 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Projects SMB’s and big companies A diversity of sectors Companies out of the Flemish and out of the Frenchspeaking part of Belgium  Start is a phenomen linked to Ageing  The end should be that the older worker is remotivated and … wants to stay at work

27 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz In the meanwhile …(1) The Generation Pakt, An end of 2005 announcement of government policy, including general measurements for keeping workers at work

28 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz In the meanwhile…(2) Order implementing the law modifications, (foresee to be operational at the end of 2006) Turning the actual small scale approach of the Prof. Exp Fund. actions into a structural approach, by (1) enlarging the initiators, (2) enlarging the actions, (3) making the working floor more measurable

29 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz Change?… YES,but…

30 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz cultural changeNot one way solution to a cultural change political willNeed of political will  + scientifical research  more information on the topic ... At the same time: –Top down ànd Bottom up, –Approaching micro – meso – macro organisations, –with THE SAME message (coherence) –In a personal recognisable message (making the topic tangible) Starting accessible, turning the problem into a win - win Continuously evaluating and resetting targets… … very carefully

31 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz …and never finished

32 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz General Directorate Humanisation of Labour Professional Experience Fund Rue Ernest Blerot Brussels Tel.: Fax:

33 June 20, 2006ENWHP Conference, Linz


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