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22/03/2012

Data report on work attitudes. Background paper

EF/12/10/EN



This report aimed to assess the main dimensions of work attitudes in the European Union and in a selected sample of extra-EU countries, by analysing several data sources in a comparative way. Some preliminary conclusions can be drawn. It seems that countries at different stages of industrial development experience different combinations of preference for work, job characteristics, work ethics and life satisfaction. Developing countries seem to put work before family and leisure time, while assigning a lower overall importance to social life and relational goods. On the other hand, advanced, post-industrial economies seem to assign a higher relevance to social life, while showing a preference for intangible job characteristics, higher levels of life satisfaction and weaker work ethics.

author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions – F. Lucidi, G. Ruiu, G. Lisi (Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini)
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