OECD: Work – People who don´t work turn lazy

In the World Values Survey, a series of questions on attitude towards work such below was asked:

Attitude towards Work: People who don’t work turn lazy

There are 5 categorical answers: “strongly agree”, “agree”, “neither agree nor disagree”, “disagree” and “disagree strongly”. Selected OECD countries’s result is shown in 3 forms: a) the percentage (%) of people strongly agree with the statement, b) the percentage (%) of people strongly disagree with the statement, and c) mean score of the statement, by assigning value 5 for ”strongly agree”, 4 on “agree”, 3 for “neither agree nor disagree”, 2 for “disagree” and 1 for “strongly disagree”. The graphs depicted the result are shown as below:

a) the percentage (%) of people strongly agree with the statement: “People who don’t work turn lazy”

A lot of people in Turkey, Hungary, Italy and Luxembourg strongly agree with the statement. On the other hand, only handful of Icelander, Dutch, British and Swedish share the opinion whereby people who don’t work will turn lazy. May be they are more confident and trusting with their own people?

b) the percentage (%) of people strongly disagree with the statement: “People who don’t work turn lazy”

More than 10% of Icelander, Belgian, French and Swedish strongly disagree with the statement. While only 0.6% Turkish, 1.3% Portugese, 1.4% Italian strongly disagree with the statement.

c) mean score of the statement. 5 for “strongly agree” and 1 for “strongly disagree”

On overall, 3 as the middle point between agree and disagree with the statement “people who don’t work will turn lazy”, only people in Iceland, Netherlands and Sweden think that people will not turn lazy if they don’t work. However, most of the countries participated in this survey tend to believe that people will turn lazy, if they don’t work. And this opinion is strongly held by relatively lower GDP per capita countries like Turkey, Hungary, Italy and Portugal.

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