↪ Dutch Businesses Embrace Part-Time Work
This Times article describes the popularity of flexible working arrangements among Dutch workers and how it has become a “powerful tool to attract and retain talent — male and female — in a competitive Dutch labor market.” While it suggests the trend has the potential to catch on elsewhere, it seems unlikely to gather real momentum in the United States. To gain widespread traction here (on more than just an individual company basis), businesses and workers would have to truly buy in to the mindset that part-time work is an equally valid lifestyle choice as full-time work and would essentially need to abandon many of the deeply-entrenched values of the competitive workplace. As attractive as this “new world of work” concept sounds, I find it hard to believe it would be acceptable to pass off a court date to a colleague as described in the article without earning a few scoffs in the process. You may be able to fend off the title of “Dutch princess” in the Netherlands, but the breaks are harder to come by when competition among both males and females is fierce and career ambition often trumps carving out quality family time.