When does work stop?

By letting go of work, we could really solve the pension problem. If everyone makes life their job, there is no longer any question of retirement.

The new pension agreement is profit: for the employee of today and of the future; at least, that is how it is presented by Minister Koolmees of Social Affairs and by the unions. If you read the new agreement carefully, some things have indeed been achieved: we do not have to retire at the age of seventy for the time being, in times of economic boom our pension is rising and the rights and obligations of self-employed persons are increasingly near that of a salaried employee. This means that, according to Minister Koolmees, we must be able to meet the challenges of the future. But is this a good estimate? 

The interesting thing is that the pension discussion in the past ten years has been mainly about work, namely when we can stop working and what we are entitled to when we stop working. The only question is whether we can still speak of work in the future or whether to stop working. In the (near) future, major challenges await us. The nature of our work will change considerably as a result of digitization and robotisation. The chance that you will keep the same job for thirty years and that it is full-time, is getting smaller. We are also seeing more and more flexibility in the labor market. As a result, there is no longer one employer who pays your pension. More and more often, as a self-employed person, you are your own employer, and building up a pension is quite complicated. Due to an aging population, the current payment system for those who are now retired will no longer work as well. If we continue with this system, we will have to work longer and longer hours to ensure that this growing group of older people has a pension. Perhaps it is high time to shift the focus of this discussion a little further than work.

Not only the challenges in the near future give cause for this, there is also an important reason that almost every Dutchman struggles with. Danish professor Vaupel aptly described this problem: "In the twentieth century we had a redistribution of wealth, but I believe it will be the big redistribution in terms of time in this century." Despite the increasingly scarce time, we struggle with the challenge of allocating that time in such a way that your work and life are in balance. In addition to informal care, care tasks, social media and your job, you also have to come to yourself. So it is time for a new balance. Time for new work.

With these movements in mind, let's not have a discussion about the future of quitting work, but let's have a dialogue about the future of work. Especially about the value of work. Is informal care work? And returning to digitization and robotization: what does that mean for the definition of work? But the gradual transition from work and / to leisure time is also important. A transition from what must to what is allowed. It is then no longer about the contrast between work and private life. It goes on. It is about a life in balance. Yaroslav Lehenchuk wrote it very nicely in his book Rethinking Work-Life Balance: “There is no work-life balance, only life balance. Everyone has only one life and work is part of that. Everything you do should complement your life's work. ” Let's have a discussion on this: what balances your life? What contributes to your life's work?

Fortunately, this discussion is already in full swing. 150 administrators look beyond work together: to "The Value of Work". They do this ten times a year in private parliamentary meetings. Here the plans of the future are forged at a high level and we can be a grateful part of that. Do you want to know what they are discussing? Then look here: https://www.achmea.nl/over-ons/organisation/de-kamer/paginas/default.aspx https://www.achmea.nl/over-ons/organisatie/de-kamer/paginas/default.aspx

And if there is one organization that understands that work matters, that is broadcaster Olympia. They want to lead the social transition to a meaningful working climate. Do you want to know why that is so important? Then look here:



Lehenchuk, Y. (Z.d.). Rethinking Work-Life Balance: How to Understand Yourself Better. Geraadpleegd op 4 maart 2019, van https://producttribe.com/productivity/work-life-balance

De Morgen. ‘’Op naar de werkweek van vijftien uur. Consulted on June 20 2019, from https://www.demorgen.be/nieuws/op-naar-de-werkweek-van-vijftien-uur~b2512f02/?referer=httpswww.google.com


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