What do Germans consider important? What do they expect from their private lives, what kind of significance do they ascribe to relationships, and what expectations do they have regarding their jobs? To answer these questions, the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT conducted a survey of 3,000 people. These are the most important results of the DIE ZEIT legacy survey focusing on the topic of work …
Work is very important for Germans
A total of 86% of all Germans said that work is important to them. In most cases, what motivates Germans to work is neither economic necessity nor a sense of duty. Even if they could afford a life without working, more than half of Germans would like to continue working at their jobs. Moreover, nine out of ten Germans would advise their children and grandchildren to take their working lives and their jobs seriously.
Information about the study
Responsible for the content: infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences and the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) headed by Prof Jutta Allmendinger
Client: The weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT (“The Time”)
The legacy study was published as a book titled Das Land, in dem wir leben wollen – Wie die Deutschen sich ihre Zukunft vorstellen (The country we want to live in—How Germans envision their future); author: Prof Jutta Allmendinger, President of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Pantheon publishing company 2017, ISBN: 978–3‑570–55347‑3.
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