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Dutch Work Culture

The world is changing rapidly and so are the workplaces. Gone are the days when the employees used to carry their resumes in a diskette and used a laptop only on business trips. Cubicles, open offices, and co-working spaces, the working class has seen it all and experienced the work culture that prevails at different places. 

Different places in the world have a different working culture that largely depends on the societal set up of the respective countries. However, very few of them are famous enough to be adopted worldwide. One such emerging work culture is Dutch Working Culture. 


What Exactly Is Dutch Work Culture?

Imagine a flat organizational setup where everyone has a say in decision making and though there is a distribution of ranks, it is hardly addressed (there still lies authority and sense of rank). That’s Dutch work culture for you. Dutch society is an egalitarian society which means that everyone is treated and regarded equally. The egalitarian culture is what can be recognized as the backbone of the country’s work culture as well. The people at the workplace operates as a team and there is an open and unrestricted flow of ideas and suggestions. 

  • The Dutch work culture is more like liberating work culture and it reflects in their dress code as well. You can march into your work without having to focus a lot on what to wear in the morning since the dress code is mostly informal and semi-formal.


  • Dutch people often choose to keep conversations short and precise in the workplace. They are straightforward and direct people who address the problem and admire the people without a second thought if it’s needed. So if you are working at a place like that, make a habit to not take things personally and develop a sense of constructive criticism. 


  • If there a mistake, it will be addressed. Definitely. However, the mistakes are not blamed on an individual rather the circumstances and set up. But this does not mean that a person who is at the root of contention, goes unnoticed. The boss directly points out and highlights where an individual has gone wrong. 
  • Dutch people are very particular about their time. So if there is a time that has been assigned for a meeting, the person is expected to reach the place at exactly the hour. Meetings hardly revolve on insignificant and indirect personal topics, agendas are discussed straight away. 


  • The people at workplace believes in sticking to a futuristic approach and move with a well-drafted plan. The things to be done and the goals to be achieved are all decided months beforehand and all the plans are strictly adhered to. 


While Dutch work culture empowers the employees and respects their participation, the liberation should not be confused with the leniency of the work. Dutch people are adequately strict and formal when the situation demands. So when working into the Dutch culture, make sure to prepare your mind with a good amount of boldness that can hit you anytime, even when you are least expecting it.

Arudhi Verma

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