The study states that this is the best city for a balance between work and life.
The best city to balance work and life: Oslo. Most overworked? Dubai. It looks at factors such as work concentration, urban habitability, quality healthcare, affordable living costs, and ample vacation, according to a study released Wednesday by mobile access technology company Kisi. For example, a typical Helsinki worker (third in the work-life balance on the list) takes one month of paid leave each year, while the Los Angeles standard is only one week.
For many, the pandemic was a time to rethink priorities and make a big leap to move to a new city. And as the labor market continues to boom, industry-wide plans to return to offices are stagnant. Employees resist and enjoy the flexibility provided by remote work, and many are ready to job hop if the company mandates face-to-face work. Companies like Airbnb Inc. have promised a permanent telecommuting policy to seduce candidates into the increasingly fierce competition for talent. City leaders looking to take advantage of workers’ newly discovered agility to expand their tax base and seize the opportunity to boost their economies need to compete in many ways.
Against this background, some financial and corporate hubs, which have long been economic powerhouses, have been downgraded. New York City plummeted in the rankings, ranking 59 out of 100, down from 38 in the previous year and 21 in 2019 before the pandemic. London was significantly higher, but fell from 20 in the previous year to 27 in 2022 and to 12 in 2019.
According to the survey, burned-out workers are advised to consider Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, or Sydney instead, where less than 10% of the population is overworked. If you value a five-minute morning commute from your bed to your living room, think of Singapore, Washington DC, or Austin. These locations have the highest percentage of work and can be done remotely at about 50%.