According to the report, the OECD Better Life Index Poles are one of the longest working nations in Europe. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development indicates that as much as 7.4 percent. Poles spends more than 50 working hours per week, 10 hours or more than the standard 8 hours for 5 days a week. This means that Poland is the eighth most busy country in the world.
This is confirmed by Eurostat data, according to which the Poles employed a full-time work after an average of 42.2 hours a week, which makes us the 6 busiest EU country whose residents work an average of 41.4 hours. in the week.
At the same time in Poland, unemployment is at historically low – according to the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, the registered unemployment rate in July was 8.6 per cent., Which is the best result for 25 years. As shown by the CSO in June alone, employers submitted to the offices of 146 thousand. jobs, 15.6 percent. more than in May 2016 and 21.7 percent. more than in June 2015.
About the market, “an employee in Poland” also provides that the gross monthly salary in enterprise sector in Poland amounted to 4252 zł 19 cents and was 5.3 percent. higher than a year earlier. So strong position in the labor market workers had since 2008.
– This situation certainly means change for both the Polish model work, and for many companies, that approach to work were developed in the previous century – explains Anna Wańska, Team leader Accountancy & Finance Professional Spiring Poland.
She marks out, however, that the changes are not necessarily immediately mean a decrease in the number of hours worked per week. Global trends indicate rather an increase in the amount of worked hours.
– The perception of success in Poland is still closely associated with the work. The man who kneading overtime is better seen than an employee who maintains the balance between work and private life – indicates Anna Wańska – It’s changing, but it is a long process.
Towards the west the Polish model
One of the most important needs is dynamic catch up with the West in terms of wages and quality of life. Prepared by the Polish Central Statistical Office Report 1989-2014 shows that real gross disposable income of households increased in Poland by 60 percent.
– This is obviously a huge leap, but still we have a lot of aspirations, and even a kind of complexes to the west – says Anna Wańska – That is why Poles will want to work and earn more. Changes forced by the employee market will most likely related to non-wage benefits, such as , private medical care and, of course, a further increase in wages. Poles have the same aspirations as the British, the Germans and the French, but at the same goods have to work longer.
Between work and productivity
However, to distinguish between time spent in the office or workplace of real work done. According to Eurostat, the average Polish worker develops an hour value of 10.6 euros (data for 2015 years).
– The generation of today’s 40-year-olds, the owners of companies established during the transition period, it is believed that a good employee is one who is seated at the long hours. Meanwhile, the core of the work is to perform its tasks – says Anna Wańska. In her opinion, a good change can bring a generation born after 1980 millenials. – There are not imbued PRL’s (communist regime ) patterns of work, and at the same time thanks to new technologies they are citizens of the world. If the trend on employee market will be continued in Poland, likely will force employers to adopt new models of working, such as flexible work, telework and project work. Previous generations feel important with many hours working in the office. Millenials generation want to have time for their passions, gym, or even a meeting with friends – says Anna Wańska. – Whether or not do their work in the office, on the couch at home or on the train on the way to a music festival, losing to them in importance. Employers have to understand that, or they will lose access to a young, ambitious and educated – he concludes.