Is Finland different? Quality of Work Among Finnish and European Employees
Hartikainen, A., Anttila, T., Oinas, T., & Nätti, J. (2010). Is Finland Different? Quality of Work Among Finnish and European Employees. Research on Finnish Society, 3 (2010) (3), 29-41.Retrieved from http://www.finnresearch.fi/
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The issue of the quality of work-life has risen in popularity due to concerns about the economic and social sustainability of European societies. Throughout the continent, global competition, technological change and the intensification of work are common developments which are seen to a ect the well-being of the workforce. Nevertheless, European countries di er substantially in terms of job quality. According to earlier research, employees in Sweden and Denmark (and to lesser extent in Finland) report a higher quality of work tasks than elsewhere in Europe. The aim of this paper was to investigate, in a cross-national context using multivariate techniques, whether job quality in Finland really is divergent from that of other Nordic countries and rest of the Europe. Empirical analyses were based on the fourth wave of the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) collected in 2005. In this study we used data from the 25 Member States of the European Union and Norway (n=21,196 interviews). Our results support earlier findings that Finland lags behind other Nordic countries in terms of work discretion and the perceptions of being well paid. Instead, Finnish employees were less worried about health issues. When comparing Finland to Scandinavia, we did not find major di erences in the amount of highly skilled jobs, insecurity nor the quantity of jobs requiring great e ort. We also examined the associations of the dimensions of job quality to job satisfaction. The results indicated that the subjective aspects of job quality were more important determinants of job satisfaction, and that there were only modest di erences in the determinants of job satisfaction between country clusters. ...
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