What you did not know about happiness at work in the Netherlands

Careers in Eindhoven

In this blog, we take you on a journey into the how and why behind the average Dutchman’s happiness at work. Are you curious about what an employee in our country would do for a cup of coffee? Then read on!

We are really quite satisfied

Of the Dutch employees, 76% say they are satisfied with their work. This puts the Netherlands in the top 3 of most satisfied employees in Europe. A job satisfaction that stems from a number of components, compiled from research by Deloitte. According to this research, job satisfaction consists of five aspects:

  • A fantastic work environment
  • Meaningful work
  • The opportunity to grow
  • A supportive management
  • Confidence in leadership

These five components are important for both the employer and the employee to remember. Especially when there is a declining sense of happiness among people.

Feedback really contributes to job satisfaction

As mentioned above, the opportunity to grow is one of the aspects that contributes to job satisfaction. However, this growth is only possible when an employee regularly receives critical feedback from their colleagues and the management. Receiving feedback results in higher employee engagement and makes the desired growth possible. An enormous potential boost for job satisfaction!

We want to develop and learn

Linked to the growth we are striving for, we see the need to want to develop and learn as much as possible in our specific field of work. If we look at the population under 40 years of age, 62% of this generation consider training opportunities to be one of the most important points in a company’s offer when applying for a job. This need is also picked up by the employers in the Netherlands, which leads to more and more training opportunities among companies.

We want to achieve these goals!

We want to be happy and make a real difference. But this is only possible when we set clear goals to achieve. The happiest people (in terms of work) are 30% more likely to achieve their goals. Research also shows that happiness leads to 12% more productivity. When employees are not happy, this can lead to a 10% drop in productivity.

Dutch people <3 coffee and coffee <3 the Netherlands

Employees in our country appear to prefer good coffee to a company car. Five percent more to be exact, of the population really go for the good coffee. Has this to do with the concentration that comes from this to support growth, learning and development and to achieve those goals? Or do the Dutch simply love coffee? We do not know!

What we do know is that we are happy to help you find your happiness at work. Feel free to contact us and together we will look for the perfect job to find your happiness!

Written by I. Zuidema for CareersInEindhoven.


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