By comparing data on work intensity, institutional support, legislation, and livability, study reveals a ranking of cities based on their success in promoting work-life balance to their citizensSee Rankings
As keyless security experts, we know first-hand at Kisi how much of a difference it makes to work smarter rather than harder. Whether in or out of the office, we understand the value of time and believe that dedicating too much of it to your job interferes with life outside of work, and vice-versa. To explore this topic further, we conducted a study determining the cities whose residents have the most well-rounded work-life balance, in terms not only of work intensity, but also their livability and the well-being and rights of their inhabitants.
This index is not designed to be a city livability index, nor is it intended to highlight the best cities to work in; instead, it aims to be a guideline for cities to benchmark their ability to support the fulfillment of residents’ lives by improving the aspects of life that help relieve work-related stress and intensity. To begin the study, a shortlist of in-demand metropolises worldwide with sufficient, reliable, and relevant datasets were selected. Forty cities were finalized to include those known for attracting professionals and families for their work opportunities and diverse lifestyle offerings. As the first installment of a continuous index, we aim to expand this study by including a larger selection of cities in future iterations as data becomes more widely available.
Firstly, we assessed each city’s overall work-life score, based on a series of factors related to the amount of time a person dedicates to their job—such as total working hours, commuting, and vacation days taken. Next, we wanted to find out to what extent residents receive equal treatment, evaluating their access to state-funded health and welfare programs, as well as institutional support for gender equality and friendliness toward the LGBT+ community. We then determined each city’s livability score by examining citizens’ overall happiness, safety, and access to wellness and leisure venues—allowing us to assess whether their residents can enjoy their environment after office hours.
The result is an index of 20 factors determining the work-life balance of 40 cities worldwide, recognizing those who encourage a healthy balance both directly and indirectly through policies and urban infrastructure.
The final ranking, from highest to lowest, reveals the health of a city’s work-life balance. Each individual column is filterable, and the full methodology explaining how each factor was evaluated is at the bottom of the page.
The Best Cities for Work-Life Balance 2019 assesses a city’s implementation of smarter working policies and their capacity to simultaneously equip residents with the ability to enjoy their leisure time.
A shortlist of in-demand metropolises worldwide with sufficient, reliable, and relevant datasets were selected. 40 cities were then finalized, including those known for attracting professionals and families for their work opportunities and diverse lifestyle offerings. As the first installation of a continuous study, this index aims to include a larger selection of cities in future iterations as data becomes more widely available.
This index is not designed to be a city livability index, nor is it intended to highlight the best cities to work in. Instead, it is designed to be a guideline for cities to benchmark their ability to support the fulfillment of residents’ lives by improving the aspects of life which help relieve work-related stress and intensity.
The study focuses on three broad categories with the following factors outlined below which make a city successful at achieving a well-rounded work-life balance:
Where scores are out of 100, the higher the score, the better, with the exception of the City Stress Score, where the lower the score, the lower the level of stress, indicating that the city is less stressful.
For the total score, a value of 100 does not mean a city is perfect in terms of work-life balance and has zero room for improvement. Rather, it means that the city has the healthiest work-life balance out of all the cities in the index. On the other end of the spectrum, a score of 1 indicates that the city performs the poorest in comparison to the other cities in the study. However, this does not necessarily mean that the city has a poor work-life balance in the greater global context.
The data collected was then analyzed for each factor, resulting in a weighted average to create a final score for each category. This was then aggregated into a final work-life balance score for each city. The scores for each category at a city-level (Work Intensity Score, Society & Institutions Score, City Livability Score) can be provided upon request.
The final score was determined by calculating the sum of the weighted average score of the indicators under the “Society & institutions” section and the weighted average score of the “City Livability” factors. This sum was then subtracted by the weighted average score of the factors under the “Work Intensity” category.
Work-Life Balance Score =
[WEIGHTED AVERAGE(City Livability factor scores) + WEIGHTED AVERAGE(Society & institutions factor scores)] - WEIGHTED AVERAGE(Work Intensity factor scores)
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