The 23 Best Countries for Work-Life Balance (We Are Number 23) – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic

23 :: The U.S.

Key stat: “The US, for example, is the only OECD country without a national paid parental leave policy, although some states do provide leave payments.”

Employees working very long hours: 11%

Employment rate of women with children: 73%

Time devoted to leisure and personal care: 15.13 hours

via The 23 Best Countries for Work-Life Balance (We Are Number 23) – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic.

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One thought on “The 23 Best Countries for Work-Life Balance (We Are Number 23) – Derek Thompson – The Atlantic

  1. Your ‘college buddies’ may be making 6 figures, but how many hours do they work? How much time do they get to spend with their family? This article is called Work-Life balance, not “which country is better”
    Americans always tend to get proud and defensive when they aren’t number one. Well, the fact of the matter is, America is not number one in terms of work-life balance. The greater majority of one’s life here is spent in the work place, and any decent work place requires a college degree. I currently pay 52,000 per YEAR for my degree because I’m told I can get a good job by going to a good school and working hard, and that will make me happy. And then when I graduate, I will spend countless hours at this job so I can have 6 figures, and buy nice things, because that will make me happy.
    To many Americans, maybe this will make you happy, but honestly, for me, and for the Europeans, there is much more to life than the figures you make and the value of your assets. Spending time with family, experiencing other cultures, and actually being able to come up for a second to take a breath of air!
    Americans live to work, and Europeans work to live.
    -Nicole Riebe

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