Work-life balance has always been something of a unicorn; a concept we all crave, but never quite nail. Post-pandemic, the desire for a more equal split between our professional and personal lives has only gotten stronger, and where you live could play a big part in achieving that elusive equilibrium.
New data from software company Kisi has revealed the best – and worst – cities to live and work in. The research compared 50 cities worldwide, assessing them first – unsurprisingly – on their suitability for remote working. Also taken into account was each city’s “work intensity”, assessing factors like holiday allowance, parental leave and overworking.
Another focus of the study was well-being and inclusivity, with research examining the quality of healthcare, access to mental healthcare, gender equality and LGBTQ+ acceptance. Finally, each city’s “livability” was assessed, taking into account affordability – a key factor in the midst of a cost of living crisis – residents’ happiness, access to culture and leisure activities, the number of outdoor spaces, safety, air quality and levels of wellness and fitness.
The Nordics and Switzerland dominated the top five best cities for work-life balance, with Norway’s capital Oslo taking first place followed by Bern, one of three Swiss cities in the top 10.
Third on the list is Finland’s Helsinki, where employees take an average of 30 paid holiday days and 1190 paid parental leave days taken a year. Completing the top five is Switzerland’s Zurich and Cophenhagen in Denmark.
As for the top five overworked cities, Dubai came out on top, with 28.89% of the population overworked, followed by Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Singapore and Motevideo in Uruguay.
Four UK cities made the top 50, with Liverpool at no.24, Glasgow at no.25, London at no.27 and Manchester at no.31. In Ireland, Dublin made the cut at no.37.
We’ve listed the top 10 cities for work-life balance below, and you can see the full rankings here. Time for a move?
TOP 10 CITIES FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE 2022
1. Oslo, Norway
2. Bern, Switzerland
3. Helsinki, Finland
4. Zurich, Switzerland
5. Copenhagen, Denmark
6. Geneva, Switzerland
7. Ottawa, Canada
8. Sydney, Australia
9. Stuttgart, Germany
10. Munich, Germany
Pre-pandemic, work-life balance was something of a unicorn; a concept we all craved, but could never quite nail.