The continued rise in millennials of today’s generation means work-life balance has never been more of a priority in order to attract top talent. Some countries across the globe do well in promoting this. InterNations, a network revolved around people who work abroad asked their members on 43 different aspects of working abroad and asked them to rate it on a scale of 1-7. The survey surprisingly showed that “there is no direct correlation between long working hours and dissatisfaction with work-life balance” which showcased there are other aspects that contribute to a good work-life balance other than working long hours. So what do these countries do so well? Here were the countries that ranked highly in the survey.
In the survey, around 71% of expats who responded who were based in Australia claimed that they felt they had an excellent work-life balance in the country. This could be down to several factors, including national holidays, a great culture outside of work and the fact the weather made a big difference to enjoying life when you weren’t in work. There was the fear for some that they didn’t have much job security compared to New Zealand though.
Not only are personal issues considered in the survey but a family was also a big part of particular countries ranking so highly in the survey. For example, in Sweden respondents claimed that working hours were reasonable enough to enjoy family time outside of work and that it was a great place to bring up children.
Compared with other European countries, Portugal places more emphasis on the importance of family values and balancing work and domestic responsibilities is a crucial part of life when living in Portugal. Whether you live in one of the many luxury villas in Quinta do Lago or a Lisbon-centre apartment, the emphasis on spending time unwinding and relaxing at home is felt in many workplaces.
Expats who migrate to New Zealand have the privilege of having some of the lowest average working weeks at around 38.6 hours. This is far lower than the global average of 41.4 hours making time spent outside of work that little more enjoyable. Most of all, New Zealand expats felt as though their work offered better extra-curricular activities and had more confidence in their job security.
Although England is known to have a fairly high average for working hours in the majority of industries, expats found that culture outside of work was extremely enjoyable. Cities such as Manchester, London and Edinburgh proved extremely popular due to the activities and hobbies that can be done once work had finished.
Surprisingly, Norway was considered the top country for work-life balance despite calculating an average of 41.7 hours per week on average working hours. The reason for this is that respondents felt as though work-life balance was still satisfying despite the long average working hours and it proved excellent for raising a family as it was extremely family-friendly.
Opportunities for a better work-life balance are probably considered less few and far between in today’s modern world. More businesses are now trying to attract top talent through alternative methods other than just higher wage. This means if you explore the different options available to you carefully, you’re likely to find the right country that’s suitable for you. This way, you can spend less time worrying about deadlines and more time spending time with your loved ones.