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Employee mobility : an essential component of worklife balance

Work-life balance is a broad and complex phenomenon referring to the equilibrium between the time and the involvement of an individual between his professional and social roles. Commuting of employees is occurring in an area in-between the home and the office; the private and the professional spaces. It therefore has consequences in “both lives” of an employee. It is a high generating source of stress that consequently may jeopardize health and productivity of workers. In this perspective, employers should see an interest in participating to a smooth and seamless journey for their employees.


It is also a way for employers to engage within environmental dynamics by encouraging commuting sustainable practices among their employees. Employers can combine their sustainable objectives and CSR goals involvement with a positive HR policy while proposing incentives solutions to their employees. On their side, public authorities may consider this option as an interesting manner to educate citizens towards sustainable transport practices.


This Policies & Practices session will particularly focus on the engagement of employer within the mobility of its employees and how public authorities can support such an approach:


  • How can workers wellbeing and stress can be influenced by commuting?
  • Why and how to be involved, as an employer, to participate in mobility arrangements of employees ?
  • Which pattern should be pushed by public authorities to encourage an involvement of the companies on this matter?

Speakers to include: 


- Florinda Boschetti, Senior Project Manager | Coordinator Active Travel and Health, Polis Network



Florinda Boschetti is a city planner and holds a Ph.D. in sustainable transport planning. Her field of expertise is health in transport through walking and cycling, and designing liveable cities. She is Senior Project Manager at Polis Network and is assisting European local authorities and regions with their strategic mobility plans and projects in active mobility and air quality, electromobility and smart grids, transport automation, spatial planning and urban health. Florinda has over 15 years’ experience working in the field across academia, the public sector and network organisations, and liaising with public officials, national and international stakeholders. Before moving to Brussels 10 years ago, she has worked as an urban planner in the public sector in Italy.


- Piet Van den Bergh,
advisor in labour law for the Research Department of ACV / CSC, the Belgian Confederation of Christian Unions



Piet Van den Bergh is an advisor in labour law for the Research Department of ACV / CSC, the Belgian Confederation of Christian Unions. Piet graduated with distinction with a Master’s degree in law at the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Leuven in 1999 and additionally studied the Social Security in Europe program at Roskilde University (Denmark). After his master’s degree in law, Piet also got his diploma in academic teacher training and a master's in European Social Security at the KULeuven (2001).


Since September 2012, Piet has been a part-time teaching assistant at the Institute for labour law. In addition, he works as an advisor in labour law for the Research Department of the Algemeen Christelijk Vakverbond ACV / Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens CSC / the Belgian Confederation of Christian Unions (member of ETUC).
See original biography (in Dutch) here.



- Dr. Randy Rzewnicki, Senior Health Expert, Health Policy Officer, European Cyclists' Federation



Dr. Randy Rzewnicki is an international expert on healthy active mobility (walking and cycling for transport) promotion and policy in cities across Europe. His Ph.D. in Kinesiology from University of Leuven was on the topic of Sedentary behavior & physical activity in Belgium and 6 EU countries.

As part of a growing team at ECF who give cycling a voice internationally, Randy brings his skills as research analyst, public speaker, consultant and trainer to civil society and all levels of government (local, regional, national, EU). 

Over the last three decades he has lobbied and advocated for cycling, worked on local and European projects to measure, improve and promote active transport, especially cycling and cyclelogistics. Randy contributed to international projects including UNECE's THE-PEP and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Randy is currently a Board member of THSG  (Transport and Health Study Group).

Follow Randy at ECF, on Twitter @ecfhealth and LinkedIn: https://be.linkedin.com/in/randy-rzewnicki-35a0503



- Gregory Renardy, Executive Director, Michael Page Belgium




Tuesday 28 November, 2023





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