Vancouver great for balance
Glacier Media - Aug 09, 2019 - BC Biz

Vancouver ranks in the top 10 cities in the world for best work-life balance, according to a recent study conducted by Kisi.

The U.S.-based keyless security system provider created the study to provide a “guideline for cities to benchmark their ability to support the fulfilment of residents’ lives by improving the aspects of life that help relieve work-related stress and intensity.”

The study used 40 cities around the world that are known for attracting professionals and families for their work opportunities and diverse lifestyle offerings. It then focused on three broad categories to determine which offered the most well-rounded experiences, including work intensity, society and institutions, and city livability.

Several specific factors were also used in calculating each city’s score such as total working hours, commuting and vacation days taken. The study also looked into the way that residents are treated, such as their “access to state-funded health and welfare programs” as well as support for gender equality and friendliness toward the LGBT+ community.

All of the top five cities were located in Europe, with Helsinki ranking first. Munich ranked second, and Oslo came third. Vancouver took the 10th spot, but two other Canadian cities ranked just out of the top 10. Ottawa came in 11th, while Toronto placed 13th.

The study also revealed the top five most overworked cities, and Tokyo ranked the worst. Following Tokyo, Singapore placed 39th, with Washington following in 38th. Kuala Lumpar 37th, and Houston 36th.

Top 10 Cities for Work-Life Balance

  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Munich, Germany
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Paris, France
  • Vancouver, Canada

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