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© 2019 created by MARA LEHMANN


Comparing working conditions in Europe over a 5-year period

Role: researcher |Client: State Secretariat for Economic Affairs 

|Year: 2010-2012

I was part in a Europe-wide, longitudinal research project commissioned by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs about working conditions in Europe. I was responsible for all the data preparation/”cleanup” and data analysis, comparing data over a 5-year period, and co-authored two reports and one book chapter.

Some of the topics we looked at were physical and psychological stress, factors involved in relieving stress, work organization and management.


We organized a conference for researchers, politicians, and leaders of labor unions.


The findings were used as a basis to assess and update legislation in Switzerland on working time regulations.

Methods used:


Data analysis with SPSS (primary tool) and Excel

Selection of Insights from one of the reports

The research was conducted in German—the graphics from the report are therefore also in German.

We analyzed data spanning all European countries, compared countries with one another, and did in-depth analyses for Switzerland. The in-depth analyses looked at psychological and physical strains and stressors based on age group, industry, education level, working situation, and more. 

The report was a 147 page document, with summaries after each chapter for better readability. Only a selection of analyses were integrated into the report. All analyses made up 47 pages and were added to the appendix for reference. 

Here is a (small) selection.

More coming soon