The objective of the research consortium is to investigate “labour standards for improved well-being”: How do they come and about and how are they developing under the current conditions? What effect do they have on the potential working population and their supply of labour?
Starting point and research question
The perception of work is, to this day, characterised by the ideal of "normal employment", that is to say permanent, full-time employment with sufficient income, where social security contributions are mandatory. In the post-war period, this could be considered as standard. However, there are various developments that need to be considered today, which raise the question of which standard or standards should apply:
- New career opportunities are emerging
- Labour values are changing
- Flexible working hours models and limits are increasing
- Networking is enabling the development of new forms of organisation
- Digital value-added chains are emerging
- Workforces are becoming increasingly diverse
- Labour and social law is subject to increasing international influences
Greater autonomy and flexibility for employees offers new opportunities, but also entails higher requirements in terms of qualification, a lack of security and psychological stress. These changes therefore affect the ”labour standards for improved-well being ”, such as employee protection rights, the representation of interests and the separation of career and private life.
The interdisciplinary consortium investigates the changing “labour standards for improved well-being”, both in relation to the emergence and development of new standards, as well as in relation to their effects in various sub-projects.
Participants and support
Researchers of the Universität Hamburg and the Helmut-Schmidt-Universität collaborate in this consortium. It is being funded by the Landesforschungsförderung Hamburg from July 2017 to August 2021. The objective is the preparation of a proposal for a "Sonderforschungsbereich" (Collaborative Research Centre) to be submitted to the German Science Foundation (DFG).