Finding the right balance between home life and doing meaningful work as an employee or entrepreneur can be hard. Society has become more focused on helping humans find that balance. Between productivity hacks that help us get more work done in fewer hours to childcare options that alleviate the stress of parents, there are countless ways we're creating a better balance.
"The ability to successfully combine work, family commitments and personal life is important for the well-being of all members in a household," says the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). "Evidence suggests that long work hours may impair personal health, jeopardize safety and increase stress. Furthermore, the more people work, the less time they have to spend on other activities, such as personal care or leisure. The amount and quality of leisure time are important for people's overall well-being and can bring additional physical and mental health benefits."
To give people a better idea of work-life balance, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development created the Better Life Index. As part of it, the OECD rates work-life balance by country. Take a look at which countries have the best (and worst) work-life balance.
Note: The OECD has two big factors for its index: percentage of employers reporting long working hours (50 or more per week) and time spent on outside-work activities, which consists of personal care (sleeping, eating, cleaning) or leisure (video games, TV, socializing). A full-time worker spends 63 percent of the day on average, or 15 hours, on outside-work activities.