Thursday, June 2, 2011
Who has the best work-life balance?
Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the Better Life Initiative, examining how various aspects of people's lives affect the general well-being of whole countries. And besides taking into account factors like housing and income, the OECD also looked at the work-life balance of each country.
The OECD's Better Life Index for work-life balance is compiled using three indicators: (1) the amount of time spent on personal activities; (2) the employment rate of women with children between 6 and 14 years of age; and (3) the number of employees working over 50 hours a week.
According to the data, Belgium has the most personal time, with an average of 16.61 hours a day, compared to the combined average of 15.46 hours. Netherlands and Sweden tied for the least-overworked population, with only 0.01 percent of their respective populations regularly working over 50 hours a week.
See how your country rates here.