Work pressure is high, and the federal government recently scrapped the possibility to claim a small extra benefit for those taking a sabbatical, or deciding to work part-time as they need more time off to find a good balance.
However, there could be a solution. More companies are adopting the idea to give their employees more days off, if these make a financial sacrifice. Less wage for extra holidays, or no pay rise, but more days off instead. Flexibility on the labour market is growing, at both sides.
A poll conducted by Voka shows that 1 in 4 companies are prepared to do this. They often find it hard to find talented, hard-working people, and try to meet employees half-way. However, employers underline that the extra holidays should not impact on production levels.