Staff exchanges between SMEs in the EU Member States

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Introduction
Thank you for taking our survey. Your response is very important to us.  

The European Commission is interested in testing the attractiveness of a scheme which supports staff exchanges between companies (SMEs) across EU Member States and selected third countries. The exchange relates to an employee being placed in another company in Europe for a temporary period of time (one-way exchange).

This survey is about collecting feedback from businesses on the feasibility, attractiveness, organisation and features of such a scheme. As a European company, your views are crucial for its design and development. We would also like to encourage replies from companies who do not consider this mobility scheme a good idea or who do not think that it is relevant for them. 

The survey takes only 5-10 minutes to fill in.  Please read the short presentation of the exchange scheme below before responding.

As indicated, the planned scheme will support employee exchange between companies in Europe. Some of the proposed features of the exchange scheme are the following:
  • It is open to any sort of SME in Europe and selected third countries
  • There will be help in finding suitable exchange partners through a matching service
  • There is no cost to the company hosting the employee on the exchange
  • Salaries and other benefits will continue to be paid by the sending company
  • Funding will be provided for travel and subsistence during the period of the exchange
  • The exchange will be between one to six months (this will be tested)
Potential benefits to the companies – those sending an employee and those hosting an employee -  are:
  • Employee development
  • Development / consolidation of business relations between SMEs
  • New international contacts
  • New knowledge about foreign markets
  • New ideas / approaches for the business
  • Expand / develop business in another country
 Thank you for responding. The survey is anonymous, and your replies will be treated confidentially. If you wish to you can provide your email during the survey and we will provide you with more information on the exchange scheme.
1. Please tell us about your company/the company you work for – please tick the ones which apply
2. Looking at the basic features and benefits outlined above, could you see your company participating in this type of enterprise exchange scheme? *This question is required.
You have indicated that your company/you could potentially participate in an enterprise exchange scheme. Please indicate how.

I can imagine my company taking part in this scheme as….  (more than one option possible, tick all that apply): *This question is required.