Survey: Romanian employees work 12 hours per day

Twenty-three per cent of employees work 10-12 hours per day, 66 per cent work extra hours and 45 per cent of them feel exhausted when they leave work. Nevertheless, 85 per cent are satisfied with their work programme, 78 per cent with the volume of work, 59 per cent with their salary and 82 per cent claim they are satisfied with how they get along with their bosses, ‘Gandul’ daily reports. This is the Romanian employee’s portrait as shown by an opinion poll conducted and recently publicized by the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy (IRES). The poll’s relatively contradictory data, namely the employees’ satisfaction despite spending such a long time at work mostly because of extra hours, were explained by its authors through the fact that work ethics are still ‘primitive’ in Romania.

“In the case of almost one third of jobs the work programme follows no norms and crushing percentages show that people are satisfied with their work program (85 per cent) and salary (59 per cent). Although they consider their jobs exhausting, only 15 per cent of them are looking for a job,” sociologist Vasile Dancu, director of IRES, writes in a comment on the poll. The poll, which has a margin of error of +/- 2.2 per cent, was conducted on a sample of 2,089 people. Of them, 50 per cent work in the private sector and 48 per cent work in the public sector.

“If extra hours are needed, if the company really needs the extra hours and if employees get paid or get time off for the extra hours, there is no problem. The employer however is not impressed with extra hours on a daily basis because he looks at the end result.

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