Toxic workplace? Danish ministries hemorrhaging employees

Figures uncovered by Zetland revealed that over a quarter of workers left their jobs last year – the highest number in a decade

Denmark has long been lauded internationally for its outstanding work-life balance. 

However, that praise may not extend to those employed at the various Danish ministries – at least according to new figures obtained by Zetland news outlet.

Zetland applied for access to documents that revealed that 27 percent of ministry workers left their positions in 2022 – the highest figure in a decade and a significant rise compared to 2021.

Dozens of current and former employees were interviewed as part of the story and their responses seemed to indicate that a poor work culture existed at the ministries.

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The responses included instances such as working long hours or being expected to work when sick or on parental leave.

The Zetland figures seem to back up those responses – the number of absentee days relating to long-term illness was at its highest point in a decade. 

Several ministers were asked about the issue, but Zetland had yet to receive a response. That wasn’t the case with the unions.

“We must change the political culture at Christiansborg [Parliament], where the tempo is constantly increased and where we’re left with politics on speed,” Sara Vergo, the head of Djøf union, told Zetland.