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Are Poles workaholics?


Alien 8 | 1,262
6 Nov 2021 #1
Are Poles Workoholiks or not? Perhaps are other Europeans or Americans better?
mafketis 34 | 11,891
6 Nov 2021 #2
Short answer : No. They are traditionally more about working to live rather than living to work.

And due to generations of low wages and bad working conditions they're not especially hard workers absent sufficient compensation.
But when they are well paid and have decent working conditions they often work very hard.
jon357 71 | 20,394
6 Nov 2021 #3
working to live rather than living to work.

Maybe depends where in Poland. I remember reading something (written by a Polish businessman) a few years ago that mentioned the old zabory. He said that people in the Russian part were like that, wanting immediate rewards whereas people in the west of Poland were closer to Germans in their attitude to work. I forget what he wrote about people from the Austrian zabor.

The article was fairly lighthearted though he did mean what he wrote. It was on the BPCC website. I just had a look for it however there are dozens of pages of articles written since about 2015 with no search function and this was from at least a decade earlier.
mafketis 34 | 11,891
6 Nov 2021 #4
people in the west of Poland were closer to Germans in their attitude to work.

Well that's where I am and it's very relative. One thing I noticed back in the late 90s was that the inequality gap was much more visible in Warsaw than former Prussia - and the most wealthy in the latter (which I had some indirect contact with) were more likely to hide their wealth or try to blend in while the better off in Warsaw were much more into conspicuous consumption...

I'm not sure how valid that still is. I did read an article about mentalność wielkopolska (more German than usually found in Poland) but the conclusion was that after decades of attack and undermining in the PRL it's now really only found in Poznań (within the city limits).
pawian 187 | 17,844
6 Nov 2021 #5
I am one. I work a lot everywhere I am - at the job or on vacation. I must be busy all the time - otherwise I feel uneasy, like I waste a part of my life.
mafketis 34 | 11,891
6 Nov 2021 #6
I must be busy all the time - otherwise I feel uneasy

Me too, I need to keep my mind occupied or I feel uneasy and weird.... but it doesn't have to be busy with work...
jon357 71 | 20,394
6 Nov 2021 #7
Same. I quit a job a few weeks ago thinking I'd have a fortnight at home in PL then off to work but it's been 5 weeks now and I'm climbing the walls. Apparently I've got another 2 weeks before it starts and there's a limit to how much one person can clean their home and bake things.
pawian 187 | 17,844
6 Nov 2021 #8
I need to keep my mind occupied or I feel uneasy and weird..

Similar to me but I see a major difference. I work a lot to hush down my restless mind which, when allowed to go freely on a thinking spree, tends to create incredible ideas and concepts which eventually cost me a lot of stress and worry coz I am a natural born pessimist. To cope with those stressful moments and retain a good mental shape, I must unplug my mind with hard physical work or energetic teaching.
OP Alien 8 | 1,262
7 Nov 2021 #9
Some Poles are workoholics. For expl. a few years ago a lorry with furniture from Poland come to us at 10 pm. The lorry driver was a self made want to be a milionar. Virtualy impossible in Germany.


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