Italy—Mind the Gap—Employee Perspectives
by Isabella Blengini
July 2010—In Italy, a country whose economy is highly divided between a developed industrial sector in the north and a less developed agricultural sector in the south, work still tends to be tough, physical, with few opportunities for learning and professional growth.
- 63% of temporary employees perform physically demanding tasks, compared with 59% of permanent employees.
- Temporary employees reported more psychological stress (43%) than permanent employees (30%).
- About 60% of younger employees and 57% of employees at midlife disagree that their jobs give them learning and growing opportunities.
Despite these challenges, Italian employees report feeling “at home” in their workplaces.
- All age groups agreed that there is a good match between their jobs and their abilities: 79% of older employees, 71% of mid-life employees, and 60% younger employees.
- All age groups agreed that work life and outside commitments did not conflict: 81% of older employees, 69% of mid-life employees, and 72% of younger employees.