The 10 Countries With The Best Work-Life Balance: OECD

In today’s world, getting a perfect job that can easily maintain good balance between work and daily living is becoming harder than ever. In this cutthroat era, people can’t afford to stop working to spend more of leisure time with their children to enjoy some happy moments and to upbring them in the way they like, especially in economic crisis people are often force to do jobs that require long working hours which left little to no time for leisure. The worst work-life balance not only affects someone’s personal life but also ruins families in many ways. If people spend more time at work then they have to forgo other healthy activities such as personal care or leisure that leads to detrimental effects on physical and mental health that why experts strongly emphasis on the need of best amount and quality of leisure time for the highest job satisfaction .  Countries with most people being satisfied with their work-life balance are happiest and healthiest since shortest working hours affects human capital and help maintaining good personal health and decrease stress.

The Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published the Better Life index, evaluating how numerous factors of people’s lives have an impact on the overall well-being of entire country. This report also focuses work-life balance by evaluating percentage of population being most satisfied with their jobs and experience the highest amount of leisure time in an average day. A significant element of work-life balance is how much time a person spends at work and how much time a person spends at leisure.

According to report, Denmark has the best work-life balance where full-time workers devote 67% of their day on average, or 16.1 hours, to personal care (eating, sleeping, etc.) and leisure (socialising with friends and family, hobbies, games, computer and television use, etc. Average annual hours of working in Denmark are 1,546 which is less than the OECD average of 1 765 hours. About 84% of danish are satisfied with their jobs and have more positive experiences in an average day (feelings of rest, pride in accomplishment, enjoyment, etc.) than negative ones (pain, worry, sadness, boredom, etc.)

Below are the top ten countries with the best work-life balance according to the OECD.

Rank Country Work-Life Balance Score (out of 10)
1. Denmark 9.8
2. Spain 9.4
3. Belgium 8.8
4. Netherlands 8.8
5. Norway 8.7
6. Sweden 8.1
7. Germany 7.9
8. Russian Federation 7.9
9. Ireland 7.9
10. Luxemburg 7.9

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