WORK LIFE / BALANCE DEBATE- PART II: The Five TOPS by Regions, Countries, Companies and Jobs -
The FIVE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES BY REGIONS and COUNTRIESIt 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
5. Social Media Manager
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.