How important is work to you?
According to a new study of 24 countries, people in Britain are less likely than people elsewhere to place importance on work. We also ranked low for believing that hard work brings a better life - a steady decline since the early 2000s.
What’s behind the shift?
With income growth remaining sluggish, and young people entering the workforce, people are starting to question the value of work. If working harder doesn’t bring you the promised benefits of a better life, financial security, or even putting food on the table for your family, why prioritise work over many other aspects of our lives which also add value?
Perceptions of not working are starting to shift
The study also looked at perceptions about people who don’t work, and there appears to be a cultural shift away from the ‘benefits cheat’ rhetoric of the early 2000s.
With many now feeling the impacts of the cost of living crisis and a desire to achieve better balance (read: not letting work take over your life), perhaps this shift is a healthy alternative to the high-pressure hustle culture which just isn’t desirable to many of us today.