Minister calls for more work-life balance

The Netherlands scores poorly when it comes to work-life balance, according to research carried out by Utrecht University for the family minister André Rouvoet, reports NOS on Thursday.

Spending fewer hours at work is seen as a lack of ambition and involvement, NOS quotes Rouvoet as saying.
While Dutch firms have agreements on family-friendly practices, many employers create problems if staff want parental leave or ask for more flexible working hours, says Rouvoet.
‘Society must accept that every family must make its own choices when it comes to work and private life. Full childcare such as in Scandinavia does not work in the Netherlands,’ he says.
Rouvoet’s ministry is hosting a conference in Rotterdam on March 9 to discuss ‘the working family’.

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