Quarter of employees have doubts about the usefulness of their jobs

Erasmus School of Economics

Eight out of the 100 employees experience their job as useless. In addition, 17 out of the 100 have doubts about the usefulness of their work. This is one of the key results of a new study by Robert Dur, Professor at Erasmus School of Economics, and Max van Lent, Leiden University. Dur and Van Lent’s study includes more than 100 thousand employees in 47 different countries.

‘There are a lot of stories about workers who find their job useless or even feel that their work has a negative impact on society. But the evidence has always been anecdotal. Now, we’ve tried to prove this with numbers.’