Dutch employees find a good work-life balance more important for their well-being than job security

The Dutch attach great importance to their work-life balance. Nearly seven in ten Dutch employees (69 percent) consider a good balance to be a top priority for their vitality and health, according to the Global Wellbeing Survey 2021 by insurance broker and consultancy firm Aon. private balance for only 28 percent top priority. “It seems that employers know that the balance between work and private life is important for employees, but are still struggling with how they can concretely organize or improve this for their staff,” says director Bas van der Tuyn at Aon Health Solutions. “Offering flexible terms of employment, for example, is one way to do this, as is creating a vitality program based on the wishes and needs of employees.”

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Earlier this year, an inventory by the British comparison site Small Business Prices showed that, despite the fact that there is always room for improvement, the Netherlands has the best work-life balance in Europe and that only Denmark has a lower risk of burnout. .After work-life balance, employees in Aon’s study cite organizational culture (51 percent) and mental health (49 percent) as important factors for their well-being. Remarkably, less importance is attached to matters such as job security (27 percent) and financial stress (17 percent). According to Aon, companies should also conduct better research into the effect of their vitality and health initiatives. Compared to other countries, Dutch organizations measure less. “Hard data can offer organizations more tools to use their vitality policy for those things that employees actually need,” says Van der Tuyn. “Organizations can really make a profit with this.”

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