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ADP on European Working Hours: A Critical HR Issue

PARIS--(September 15, 2010)--ADP Experts go beyond working time directive & statistics

"we will [not] harmonize social practices by decree" Legal diversity of working time appears to be one of the most critical issues for European HR Managers. Good or bad news? According to renowned experts, most of the answers will be found well beyond statistics: within companies… and households!

« Working time distribution at the household level is a key factor »

According to Gerhard Bosch, Director of the Institute for Work and Skills at the University of Duisburg-Essen, observing couples gives a better idea of local working time practices across Europe than reading European directives. Indeed, focusing on the distribution of working time between men and women indicates whether we are moving from the male breadwinner model to a more egalitarian model. As to local working time legislation and European directives, "we will [not] harmonize social practices by decree" insists Gerhard Bosch.

The impact on differences in local working times across Europe on productivity.

Do less productive countries work less? "Absolutely not!" answers Chris Brewster, Director of Henley's HR Centre of Excellence. "The countries that work longer hours are the less productive countries." In addition, statistics on working hours may not match reality. For example, most European studies show that the British working time is longer than anywhere else in Europe. But anybody who has already worked in Southern Europe could have observed that people work extremely long hours.

Are statutory working hours more important in an ideological debate than in HRMs' everyday experience?
When Lionel Prud'homme, EMEA HR VP at Carlson Wagonlit Travel, decides to build a productivity model, he aligns the ten countries in which his 11,000 European employees work on a "single grid", a median Full Time Equivalent, that makes differences vanish. So the question is no longer whether people work longer in the UK, France or Germany, but how many transactions staff members complete in a given time.

About ADP Europe
With 60 years of unrivalled expertise, ADP is the largest outsourcer of payroll and human resources administration services, offering solutions adapted to each company whatever its size, sector of activity or presence, local or international. For more information, visit the company's website at www.europe.adp.com.

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