The Project

As a consequence of the worst economic crisis since World War II the unemployment rate in many European countries increased rapidly in recent years. In contrast to this, the Netherlands is recording the lowest unemployment figures in the whole European Union. This is achieved by a fast reintegration of unemployed into the labor market. The Lohnwertmethode has been applied successfully by the local communities more than 4000 times as a device to rapidly reintegrate unemployed. It is based on the dialogue between the employers and employees and aims at improving and adapting the employees’ skills to the necessities of a position. Thereby the Lohnwertmethode is focusing on the employees’ strengths and the identification of potentials for improving his/her competencies, which is realized with the help of professional consultants.
The Institute for Applied Work Science is coordinating the project INKAS, which focuses on the implementation and adaptation of the Lohnwertmethode to the circumstances of various project partners all over Europe: Greece, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany and Hungary. The implementation is realized in two steps: In the course of the first testing phase conversations between the employer and employee are held to measure the already existing competencies. Subsequently an analysis on the potentials is realized, where it is agreed on which strengths have to be promoted. Half a year later the second testing phase is carried out: Interviews are conducted again to determine the employee’s development.