European HR news roundup – December 2008
Countries in Europe are coming up with creative ways to deal with the economy downturn.EUROPE – Faced with a sharp drop in demand, many companies across Europe are finding new ways to reduce costs and avoid redundancies:
- Employees at Renault's engine plant in Valladolid, Spain, agreed to take early leave days in order to avoid lay-offs planned for later December.
- Opel's Gliwice factory in Poland reduced shifts from three to two and transferred part of its workforce to perform tasks previously carried out by outsourcing services.
- In Denmark, pensions and investments company Skandia is allowing its employees to take time off each month to carry out volunteer work with a national charity.
- In the Irish Republic, financial services company Permanent TSB introduced a number of incentives for staff to take career breaks of up to three years.
- Following a federal court case in 2006, many companies in Germany are requiring employees to use frequent flyer air miles generated through corporate travel to pay for further business trips.
These measures are in addition to common cost-cutting methods such as temporary plant closures and lay-offs, pay freezes, reducing overtime and discontinuing the use of agency workers.
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