Swedes among world’s worst work whingers

Sweden's workers have come joint second in a league table of worldwide workplace whingers, according to a new report published on Monday.

The findings appear in the report ‘What Workers Want: A Worldwide Study of Attitudes to Work and Work-Life Balance’, by FDS International, and is the result of major research involving nearly 14,000 employees in 23 countries across the world.

The study has found that French workers more than anybody else love a good moan about work.

But Sweden is not far behind, tied for second place with the UK when it comes to having a gripe about various aspects of employment.

“It’s also interesting to note that after France, Britain and Sweden, the world’s biggest workplace whingers are Americans, despite their having by far the highest levels of income relative to their cost of living,” said Charlotte Cornish, managing director of FDS.

The three countries with the least amount of work grumbling are the Netherlands, Thailand and Ireland.

The Work Whinging findings are based on a number of factors, including percentage of workers unhappy with pay, actual income relative to cost of living, percentage of workers who feel work impinges on private life, and average weekly working hours.

FDS international is a UK-based provider of market research services.