Eye-Opening Graphic Reveals Which Countries Have the Best Work-Life Balance

We know that life shouldn't be all work and no play, but just how much do we abide by that? This eye-opening infographic, by Vicky Leta for Mashable, is based on data collected from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s Better Life Index. It looks at a couple of things: how many hours (on average) a person spends working a year, and how satisfied they are with the time committed to their profession.

The Netherlands, Germany, and Norway are all at the top of this list, meaning that they spend the least amount of hours – ranging from 1,381 to 1,420 – per year on their work. Those countries have a high satisfaction rate, too, of around 80%. Greece, Korea, and Mexico all spend the most time on the job. They average well over 2,000 hours per year. Surprisingly, however, their satisfaction rate doesn't drop as much as you might think. Korea and Mexico are each at 75% and 82%, respectively. Greece has a significantly less content work force, and only 52% of employees are satisfied with the time they put in.

This infographic is an important reminder to keep a work-life balance in check. If a person spends too much time on the job, the OECD warns that there's evidence indicating “long work hours may impair personal health, jeopardize safety and increase stress.”

Better Life Index website
Vicky Leta website
via [DesignTAXI and Mashable]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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