OECD: Work – Is a duty towards Society

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

Attitude towards Work: Is a duty towards Society

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: “Work: Is a duty towards Society”

For this question, 44.2% Turkish, 33.8% Portugese, and 33.5% people in Luxembourg agree strongly that work is a duty towards society. On the other hand, only 7.6% of British, 10.6% Dutch, 11.1% Icelander, and 12.7% Irish strongly agree with the statement. The average percentage is 21.3%.

b) the percentage (%) of people strongly disagree with the statement: “Work: Is a duty towards Society”

12.7% French strongly disagree that work is a duty towards society, followed by 8.1% Belgian and 5.9% Greeks. Very small minority people in Turkey, Portugal, Ireland, South Africa strongly disagree with the statement.
c) mean score of the statement. 5 for “strongly agree” and 1 for “strongly disagree”

Most of the participants in the questionare agree (at varied degree) that work is a duty towards society, as seen that the average score of this question is above middle point 3. People in Turkey, Portugal, South Africa and Hungary score higher point (strongly agree) towards the opinion that work is a duty, while on average, people in UK, Greece, Iceland slightly agree with the statement.

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