WORK LIFE / BALANCE DEBATE- PART II: The Five TOPS by Regions, Countries, Companies and Jobs -

The FIVE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES BY REGIONS and COUNTRIES

It is educating to see the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)  map of better life index. The assessment of better life varies by regions and by countries, from life satisfaction to safety through education and environment.
OECD better life index responses - 2014

Interesting enough, Health is primary in France, Canada, Australia, the Russian Federation,  and Norway.
Life-Work balance is important in Mauritius Island, Mali, Montenegro and Nicaragua.
Life Satisfaction prevails in US, Germany, UK, as well as Croatia, Poland and Sweden and Finland.
Safety is paramount in Japan, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, and The Bahamas.
Education is important in Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina

The FIVE TOP COMPANIES



According to Glassdoor, there are 25 companies that are rated to be the best in work/life balance policies. Employees do love it.
Those organizations include non-profit, as well as international ones.

The five top companies are the following: (increasing scale 1 to 5)

1. SAS Institute . Analytics software company - Cary, N.C - Work-life  balance rating (W/L): 4.5
2. National Instruments - Producer of automated test equipment - Austin, Texas. W/L: 4.3
3. Slalom Consulting - Seattle, Wash. W/L: 4.1
4. MITRE - Not-for-profit organization - Bedford, Mass. and McLean, Va. W/L: 4.1
5. Orbitz Worldwide - Online travel company- Chicago, Ill. W/L: 4.1

These companies are evaluated as being  mostly "innovative" and "employee-focused". 

The FIVE TOP JOBS TO BALANCE YOUR LIFE and WORK


Forbes releases the top 20 best work/life balancing jobs:

Those are the jobs that do not compel  professionals to work over 50 hours a week, as a typical example. They do not "eat you alive." These are the top jobs that allow you to "live a life" beside work:

1. Data Scientist
2. SEO Specialist
3. Tour Guide
4. Lifeguard
5. Social Media Manager


So, yes, to confirm the statement I made in my previous post, work/life balance is a choice that can be made at many levels or stages of your professional life. But they are are dependent on economics and social parameters. If your safety and basic necessities are the driving forces of your choice of work, then, in that sense, it is a myth.

Flexible work arrangements, which are on the rise, will contribute to make working conditions more manageable for employees. Yet, it is limited to certain organizations and positions. Also, it does not always get managers' buy-in.

Flexible work arrangements are called be on the rise with the search for a more balanced work/lifestyle and the blooming of a digital world. - See more at: http://www.staffingindustry.com/Research-Publications/Daily-News/SHRM-Flexible-work-options-successful-set-to-increase-31829#sthash.K1zkbsOe.dpuf
Flexible work arrangements are called be on the rise with the search for a more balanced work/lifestyle and the blooming of a digital world. - See more at: http://www.staffingindustry.com/Research-Publications/Daily-News/SHRM-Flexible-work-options-successful-set-to-increase-31829#sthash.K1zkbsOe.dpuf
Flexible work arrangements are called be on the rise with the search for a more balanced work/lifestyle and the blooming of a digital world. - See more at: http://www.staffingindustry.com/Research-Publications/Daily-News/SHRM-Flexible-work-options-successful-set-to-increase-31829#sthash.K1zkbsOe.dpuf
Really, Life/Work balance a choice? Rather an ideal depending on your life circumstances and where you are in the world.

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  1. informative post! I really like and appreciate your work, thank you for sharing such a useful facts and information about work life balance strategies, keep updating the blog, hear i prefer some more information about jobs for your career hr jobs in hyderabad .

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    1. Thank you for your feedback, Akhila! I will certainly revisit the subject in its global aspects. Also, feel free to contact me under the " Let's get in touch " section, should you need it! Always happy to connect!

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