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Active workers by rearranging the working time regime


Active workers by rearranging the working time regime
Original Language Title: 
Aktive ArbeitnehmerInnen durch Neuordnung des Arbeitszeitregimes


Within active2work the project team examines the feasibility of reorganizing current working time arrangements on the basis of an overall consideration of working- and travel-time. The objectives are (1) the revaluation of active, financially viable, healthy, sustainable forms of mobility as well as (2) the deceleration of travelling to / from work as essential contributions to a change of mobility patterns and decarbonization.

One of the most important reasons for using motorized individual modes of transport instead of active modes (possibly in combination with public transport) is the 'lack of time' in everyday life. The central idea of active2work is that the sum of working- and travelling-time (for trips to and from work) should be approximately the same in all modes of transport in order to facilitate equivalent opportunities for all modes of transport and to enhance active modes.

A deceleration of everyday mobility ('sufficient mobility' with a larger share of walking and cycling paths instead of motorized individual transport) is not intended to be a burden on workers' leisure time in order to achieve the central objectives of the mobility turnaround and decarbonization in transport. Such a paradigm shift is expected to improve the acceptance and utilization of active modes of transport substantially and sustainably.


In active2work the project team will draft a 'new deal' between employers and employees and check its feasibility. This agreement provides for a reduction of working time by the additional time for mobility to be applied or, depending on the working time model, alternative compensation options (additional leave, time equalization, etc.). Thus it represents an enabler for 'multimodal lifestyle' (actual freedom of choice).

In practice that means:

  1. Examining the necessary framework conditions and structures for the introduction of the active2work concept.
  2. Creating the basis for an innovative mobility- and operational approach for a future R&D-innovation-project.
  3. To make the foreseeable surplus value for enterprises and the national economy measurable using different development scenarios (economic cost-benefit-analysis on the level of companies and society in which, among other things, health effects, motivation and performance of the employees, reduction of greenhouse gases are considered) and thus creating the prerequisites for a pilot operation.

In order to validate the results, a stakeholder-specific assessment of the active2work concept (consideration of mindsets and acceptance), the presented surplus value and a stakeholder-compatible representation of possible rebound effects are intended to achieve. As a contribution to the ambitious climate targets, the active2work concept is followed by a disruptive approach in a holistic view of working environments and life-plans.

Parent Programmes: 
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Institution Name: 
FFG - Die Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft
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Programme Other: 
9. Ausschreibung Fahrzeugtechnologie & Personenmobilität
Lead Organisation: 

tbw research GesmbH

Schönbrunner Straße 297
1120 Wein
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Partner Organisations: 

Universitat Fur Bodenkultur Wien Institut Fur Produktionswirtschaft Und Logistik

Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33
1180 Wien