Exploring global work-life balance: who leads the way?

The concept of work-life balance has become increasingly crucial in the modern world, as individuals strive to manage the demands of their careers alongside personal life necessities

The balance between work and personal life has become increasingly relevant in today’s world, as more and more people strive to reconcile the demands of their careers with their personal lives.

Global work-life balance index

In this context, a recent study conducted by Remoto analyzed the Global Work-Life Balance Index to identify the countries that offer the best balance between work and personal life. The analysis covered the 60 countries with the highest GDP in the world, examining key indicators such as legally mandated annual leave, minimum statutory sick pay, legally established maternity leave, maternity leave pay rate, minimum wage, health status, and happiness index, among others.

Europe leads the way

The results highlighted that Europe is the leader when it comes to work-life balance, occupying seven of the top ten spots in the rankings. New Zealand topped the list, followed by Spain and France. The list also includes Australia, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Brazil.

Unique country characteristics

Each country has unique features that contribute to its high work-life balance score. For example, New Zealand stands out for its generous legally mandated annual leave and a government-funded universal healthcare system.

Spain offers shorter working weeks compared to the global average and generous legally mandated annual leave. France, in addition to annual leave, introduced the right to disconnect in 2017, promoting a healthy balance between work and personal life.

Emerging trends

Furthermore, the analysis highlighted five other significant trends to watch. For example, the United States ranked 53rd due to the lack of legally mandated annual leave and a universal healthcare system. At the same time, countries like Australia and New Zealand are distinguished by their higher minimum wages compared to the global average.

Here is the complete ranking of countries offering the best work-life balance, according to the Global Work-Life Balance Index analyzed by Remoto:

  1. New Zealand
  2. Spain
  3. France
  4. Australia
  5. Denmark
  6. Norway
  7. Netherlands
  8. United Kingdom
  9. Canada
  10. Brazil
  11. Sweden
  12. Germany
  13. Peru
  14. Belgium
  15. Finland
  16. Taiwan
  17. Austria
  18. South Africa
  19. Singapore
  20. Greece
  21. Ireland
  22. Italy
  23. Czech Republic
  24. Portugal
  25. Colombia
  26. Poland
  27. Saudi Arabia
  28. Hungary
  29. Romania
  30. Argentina
  31. Algeria
  32. South Korea
  33. Thailand
  34. Switzerland
  35. Vietnam
  36. Philippines
  37. Egypt
  38. Japan
  39. Hong Kong
  40. Pakistan
  41. Morocco
  42. Chile
  43. India
  44. Israel
  45. Turkey
  46. Bangladesh
  47. China
  48. Mexico
  49. United Arab Emirates
  50. Kuwait
  51. Indonesia
  52. Kazakhstan
  53. United States
  54. Iran
  55. Iraq
  56. Qatar
  57. Angola
  58. Puerto Rico
  59. Malaysia
  60. Nigeria

This comprehensive ranking highlights the diversity in work-life balance across different countries, showcasing the various approaches and policies each nation adopts to support the well-being of its workforce.

Source: Global Life-Work Balance Index

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