As most European nations, Estonia and the Netherlands face increasing challenges as a result of their aging populations. If the countries are to remain economically viable in coming years, they need to find ways to maximize their workforce. Some of the methods to achieve this are known as new forms of work: part-time work, more flexible scheduling, working from home etc. The aim of these methods is to make working more attractive for people who would otherwise stay away from the labour market.
The broader aim of this project is to help European countries exchange good practices of implementing new forms of work. Praxis focused mostly on Estonia and the Netherlands, comparing the two and trying to find good Dutch practices that could be implemented here.
It was found that:
- New forms of work are scarcely regulated in both countries, but are much more prevalent in the Netherlands (both in practice and in public discussion). This mainly because of differing cultures and attitudes.
- The Dutch model could be successfully implemented in Estonia as there are few legal barriers.