Unions and organisations

Research concerning industrial relations and internal organisation of employees has a long-standing tradition at infas. The institute already conducted industry-sociological surveys in businesses on behalf of unions in 1963. The seventies and eighties - under the motto of work humanisation - had a special focus on questions of working conditions, indicators of job satisfaction, the change in political awareness of employees as well as the image of unions and participation in public.

The lucky cat is a distant cousin of the employee survey if you will. In Japan, where it is called Maneki Neko, it is supposed to bring contentment, success and good luck. infas pursues the same objective in its employee surveys, which are carried out worldwide at all sites for global enterprises.
The research project "Change in political awareness of employees" studied in the mid-80s the changes in working and life situation as well as in employees' social consciousness and evaluated these changes' impact on political and social action. Extensive nation-wide representative surveys – connected with regional- and trade-specific data collections – result in a broad pattern: concerning the consequences of the increasing permeation of technology, the segmentation of the labour market, the new struggles for distribution of resources and, not least, the unions' role. Six books evolved from this project.
New findings may grow on trees – or simply within the scope of sound innovation and imaginative management by setting off creative potential, promoting inventive commitment and opening up employees' ideas as resources. Innovations contribute significantly to a company's success. Therefore, it is no surprise that the "idea" attracts particular interest in many places, for example with tree No. 41 at the Deutsche Post AG's headquarters in Bonn.

Under the influence of technological, economical and geostrategic change, focus is increasingly directed towards changing labour relations, protection of jobs as well as reducing large-scale unemployment and company inequality of wages and employment risks.

infas regularly carries out surveys in the topical area of "unions and organisations", such as:

  • Member surveys for unions and organisations
  • Works' council surveys
  • Employee surveys
  • Image analyses for unions


Menno Smid

Managing Director

Tel. +49(0)228/38 22-0


Stefan Schiel

Senior Project Manager

Tel. +49(0)228/38 22-424