August 18, 2017

Dutch Men Work Less and Are More Productive

By Chelsea Follett
A new study shows that between 1850 and the present, radical changes in life expectancy, working conditions, real wages, education, and technology created a much more pleasant life for the average Dutch man. Between 1840 and 1950, the total amount of time that the average Dutch man spent working over the course of his life halved, despite an increase in life expectancy. Despite working less, male Dutch workers are much more productive than in the past. As working hours have declined, harmful effects of overwork such as productivity losses due to fatigue or accidents have also decreased. Along with a reduction in working hours, technology and education have allowed for productivity to skyrocket, despite the fact that people spend significantly less time working. Learn more by reading the full study here.