January 2, 2015
The United States is a pretty terrible country for work-life balance, according to a report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The biannual report ranks the OECD's 34 members countries on work-life balance, looking at the proportion of employees who work at least 50 hours a week and the amount of time workers spend on personal care and leisure activities every day. In the rankings, the United States placed 29th – pretty low for a country in the Western world.
Apparently, the U.S. has been on the lower end of the spectrum for many years now, with the OECD criticizing our lack of a national paid parental leave policy. Looking at the rankings, the top three countries for work-life balance are Denmark, Spain, and Belgium – all countries where personal care and leisure have a high priority (with workers in Denmark spending five to six hours per day on leisure).
Take a look at how other countries ranked, below:
(H/T World Economic Forum)
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