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French top list of most whining workers: study

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The French have come top of a list of the world’s most whining workers, beating British and Swedish employees when it comes to complaining, according to an international study on work attitudes.

Workers prepare a shop window on the eve of the winter sales in Nice, southeastern France, January 9, 2007 file photo. The French have come top of a list of the world's most whining workers, beating British and Swedish employees when it comes to complaining, according to an international study on work attitudes. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The study, by British-based market researcher FDS International, involved questioning nearly 14,000 employees in 23 countries.

The findings were based on a number of factors, including the percentage of workers unhappy with pay, actual income relative to cost of living, percentage of workers who feel work impinges on private life, and average weekly working hours.

French workers topped the list while British and Swedish workers tied second. U.S. workers came fourth and Australian fifth.

“After the French, British employees are the most likely to be dissatisfied with their work situation, despite their relative good fortune,” said Charlotte Cornish, managing director of FDS, in a statement.

“It’s also interesting to note that after France, Britain and Sweden, the world’s biggest workplace whiners are Americans, despite their having by far the highest levels of income relative to their cost of living.”

The three countries with the least amount of work whining were The Netherlands, Thailand and Ireland -- whose workers were the least whiny of the list.

The report also found Britons topped the rankings in Europe for whining over holidays, with over a third of Britons - or 37 percent - saying they don’t get enough time off. Britons have an average of 33.5 days annual leave and public holidays.

When it came to complaining about pay, Russia topped the chart with 61 percent of workers dissatisfied compared to 43 percent in China and 38 percent in the United States.

The research was conducted among 13,832 employees, aged 18 plus, in 23 countries, by members of IriS, the International

Research InstituteS, of which FDS International is a member.

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