A GOOD JOB: Hard Graft, Made in Germany

Published on Global Handelsblatt (first on Die Zeit), by KOLJA RUDZIO, March 3, 2016.

For many Germans, their job is more important than ever. But what would the proposed universal basic wage do to Germany’s famed work ethic?  

Despite ongoing complaints about the daily grind, Germany’s famous work ethic is thriving. A record number of people are currently employed and studies show that work tops the list of priorities for many.

According to a recent survey, 85 percent of respondents said that being “employed” is very important to them, slightly above the 82 percent who saw “enjoying life” as very important.

In contrast, a total of 78 percent checked the “having children” box, and only around half of respondents ticked “good sex” as a priority, according to the study, by Die Zeit, the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), and the German social research institute infas.

The survey also found that most people like their jobs. Three out of four respondents said they are doing the job they always wanted. And a majority said they would work even if they didn’t need the money – only one in 10 said they would not.

But what people expect from work is changing: “Nowadays, people aren’t just working to earn money and build a career,” said Jutta Allmendinger, president of the WZB. “They are looking for strong relationships with colleagues, meaningful projects, and cooperation … //

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