Reasons to work in The Netherlands
Top 5 reasons to work in The Netherlands as an expat (by Internations.org)
‘Just do it’ could be the motto for people working in the Dutch business world. With all the perks that come with working, finding a job in the Netherlands can be a worthwhile call. If you’re the type of person who embodies efficiency, but at the same time wants to enjoy as much of a stress-free life as possible, the Netherlands is the country for you.
Dutch business etiquette is all about getting things done. People tend to be very straightforward. Thus, at business meetings a short introduction quickly evolving into business negotiations can be expected.
These meetings also have strict agendas and there is little patience for late arrivals or small talk. If you disagree with someone’s point, it is expected you say so. If someone disagrees with you, don’t be offended! Honesty is key.
Finally, be sure to address business colleagues and partners by their last name until they invite you to do otherwise. The open and respectful Dutch business etiquette allows for the utmost efficiency.
Enjoy Your Commute to Work!
Cycling is a main form of transportation in the Netherlands. In Amsterdam alone, 800,000 bikes are used throughout the city!
Biking in major cities, such as Amsterdam, can be slightly chaotic at times, but once you learn the ways of the Dutch cyclist, you will be able to enjoy the many benefits of biking to work.
Cycling not only allows you to avoid more traffic, save money, and get in shape, you’re also saving the environment in the process. Cycling really is an all-in-one solution.
Work Life Balance
Dutch employers, for the most part, understand that there can be many sides to life, not just work. It may even be frowned upon to work from 7:00 until 20:00. The Netherlands InterNations guide states that it is not allowed to work more than 60 hours a week. Working in the Netherlands gives you the chance to embrace the saying, ‘work hard, play hard’.
At the end of a challenging work day, you will have the time to run, swim, or bike out any frustrations, spend time with your family, or become a couch potato and just catch up on a little me time.
Time to Explore
Yearning for that small town feel? Pay a visit to Delft and enjoy the historic buildings, the many canals, and the general charm. Need some quiet time? Enjoy the sight of windmills and waterways in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site. And of course there is always the capital, Amsterdam, for an almost unrivaled combination of culture, food, art, and atmosphere. The list goes on!
Standard of Living
Life in general in the Netherlands is ranked quite highly according to the OECD Better Life Index. Life expectancy, quality of water and air, disposable income, employment, and education are among the factors used to calculate this ranking. In general, there is a strong sense of community in the Netherlands. Also, the majority (82%) of people in the Netherlands report having more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones.
This article was written by Marie Morrison