Thanks to the stability of the Dutch government and its pragmatic approach to business, very little time is lost to labor disputes or labor relations in the Netherlands compared with Europe as a whole. Trade union density (25%) and days lost to strikes and sick time are also low compared to other European countries.
A model of efficiency and dedication, the Dutch workforce sets the pace for European productivity. In fact, the 2014 IMD World Competitiveness Report 2014 ranks the Netherlands third globally for workforce productivity.
The Netherlands also outpaces many of its competitors when it comes to workforce flexibility and adaptability. Plus, with its high standard of living and relatively low cost of living, the Netherlands provides a solid foundation for healthy, happy workers and diplomatic employer-employee relations.
Source: IMD WCY 2016 (Western European countries)