Most workers want to work part time
2 October 2007, DIEMEN - More than half of workers in the Netherlands (57 percent) would like to work part time. But only one quarter of those who work actually hold part time positions.
2 October 2007
DIEMEN - More than half of workers in the Netherlands (57 percent) would like to work part time. But only one quarter of those who work actually hold part time positions.
This emerged from the Randstad Work Monitor for October, which surveyed more than 800 working people. For the purposes of the survey part time work was defined as a job involving at least 24 hours and no more than 34 hours a week.
Among men the gap between wish and reality is greater than among women: 42 percent of men would like to work less than 35 hours a week, only 13 percent does.
Supervisors and department heads are also among those who would like to spend one day a week at home, say four in ten managers. Still in some organisations it is harder for those in higher positions to get permission to work less, while this is easier for those in less senior positions.
10 percent of the workers say they have difficulty balancing work and private life, the survey shows. One in five says the employer does not provide enough latitude for reaching a good balance. More than 40 percent feels that the employer should also actively support staff members in finding this balance.
Despite their wishes, few workers who want to work part time actually broach this with their employers. Many workers also turn down the opportunity to work less when presented with it. They are not eager to accept a lower salary and worry about getting a bad reputation. They have the impression they will be regarded as less ambitious and committed to work.
Workers say that they have a better relationship with colleagues who work full time than those who work part time. They also think that people with a full time job are better at scheduling their work.
Many workers are unaware of the fact that a business must in principle permit part time work on request.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news