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Which country in the world has the best Work-Life balance? (hint: it’s not the US)

Achieving the proper Work-Life Balance for employees is something that every company and manager tries to emphasize with their employees, but in reality we know that it really never works out.

Some would say that some countries in Europe have it better. We recall one story where a bank  requires – REQUIRES – their employees to take a full four weeks off when they go on vacation. The theory is that any banking irregularity could be hidden by an employee who can cover their tracks every two weeks, but a four week vacation should expose any particular issues that the employee was involved with.

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

The US is notoriously bad at vacation time. Too many people leave unused vacation on the table at the end of the year – vacation that they’ve earned through their normal hard work throughout the rest of the year.

Face it – if you’re so important that the company can’t function for two or three days without you, you’re in the wrong job.

On THIS LIST OF THE BEST COUNTRIES FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE, the US placed a lousy #23.  So who placed in the top ten?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Denmark
  2. Norway
  3. Netherlands
  4. Finland
  5. Belgium
  6. Switzerland
  7. Sweden
  8. Germany
  9. Portugal
  10. France

So what’s your secret for turning off from work and maintaining a valid home life?