Monday, 29 June 2015 - 13:20
Working is a social obligation: Most Dutch
While 7 out of 10 Dutch adults believe that working is a social obligation, 80 percent feel that there are more important things in life than work. This is according to a study done on work ethics by Statistics Netherlands, which was published on Monday. 66.5 percent of respondents do not agree that everyone should have a choice on whether or not they want to work. 73.1 percent believe that working is an obligation you have to society. And 71.3 percent feel that if you want to enjoy life, you should work hard for it. The vast majority of Dutch adults - 84.5 percent - feel that there are more important things in life than work. Only 31.3 percent believe that work should always be the top priority, even if it means less free time. 67.4 percent agree that you should be free to do what you want only after you have fulfilled your obligations. In general, work ethic gets higher as people grow older, regardless of whether or not they have a job.