Norway’s Oslo has the best work-life balance, Dubai worst: Study
Kisi, a mobile tech firm, conducted a study on workers’ lives in 49 major cities
The study found that employees in Helsinki get a month of paid vacation leave annually
In Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Sydney, less than 10% workers are overworked
Work-from-home is the new buzzword for businesses since the COVID-19 pandemic struck. And now, more and more companies are reorienting to a new model of work where employees don’t have to visit offices at all. In such an era, cities that harbour workers from near and far are also going through a shift. A recent study, conducted by mobile technology company Kisi, has found that Norway capital Oslo is the best place to work in the world for its work-life balance. Dubai, the worst.
In Finland capital Helsinki, workers typically get a month of paid vacation leave, according to the study, which focussed on parameters such as intensity of work and affordability. In Los Angeles, paid vacation leave extends to just a week in a year.
The demand for work-from-home is forcing companies to shift to a remote model of work. This, on the other hand, is also making city governments make interesting shifts. While real estate markets take a hit as offices move to the world wide web, cities are looking to make themselves more liveable in order to expand their tax base in order to bolster their economies.
The study offered a unique sneak peek into the lives of workers in various cities. For example, in Amsterdam, Buenos Aires and Sydney, less than 10% workers were found to be overworked. Meanwhile, Washington DC, Austin and Singapore have emerged as countries most work-from-home friendly. Nearly half the jobs in these cities require only remote work.
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Bernhard Mehl, the chief executive officer of Kisi, the organisation that conducted the study, told Bloomberg that recent years have tested the “support structures in place for employees around the world.” “The ongoing stress and disruption brought about by the pandemic has been followed by war in Ukraine, contributing to global instability that will be felt for years to come.”
The study comprised 51 metropolitan areas in the United States and 49 major cities across the world. The cities were judged for access to healthcare, work intensity, safety metrics, well being of inhabitants, along 130 data points.