CHINA - China may be the most industrious nation in the world, according to a recent German survey, but a Chinese labour expert said lax labour rights have created a culture of overworked employees who do not take vacations.
Monster Worldwide, which runs one of the world's largest employment websites of the same name, and GfK, the largest global market research institute in Germany, released a survey on Tuesday that asked workers from eight nations to rate global "industriousness".
About 8,000 participants in Canada, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States were asked which country creates the best ideas or products, how hard-working is a given country's labour force and where in the world is most competitive. The survey did not poll workers in China.
China topped the ranking, followed by Germany and the US. French workers were considered the laziest in the world, according to the survey.
US respondents ranked China second to their own country in industriousness.
"Hardworking and industriousness has been part of the national spirit," said Zhou Haibin, an officer with the International Labour Organisation's China and Mongolia Office. The ILO is a United Nations agency.
"China is experiencing a boom in its economy, while the other nations are now in financial crises," he said. "A lot of industries and transactions are shifting to China, that's why Chinese employees are busier than employees in other nations."
"But one factor that should not be neglected is the lack of labour rights in China," he added.