For 73 percent of those asked by YouGov polling organisation for the website of Die Zeit weekly newspaper, working fewer hours for less pay was completely out of the question.
Among young people, this sentiment appeared even stronger. Some 86 percent of 16-24-year-olds said they would not take a wage hit – contradicting a popular theory that young people are more willing to earn less if it means working less.
When asked if they worked too much, 44 percent disagreed and just 20 percent told YouGov that they were in over their head professionally.
The same thoughts applied to taking early retirement. 60 percent said that they would not choose to give up work early if it meant getting less pension.
Again, in the 16-24 age bracket this figure was higher, at nearly 70 percent, although many of them were not yet old enough to be legally required to pay into a pension.