The U.S. is a Terrible Country for Work-Life Balance According to These Rankings

January 2, 2015

6:30 pm

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:

Ranking of Countries Work-Life Balance

Ranking of OECD Countries Per Work-Life Balance – click to enlarge (via OECD).


(via OECD)

(H/T World Economic Forum)

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.