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And the Number One County to Work From Overseas Is…

suitcaseIf you’re contemplating working overseas and becoming an expatriate, here’s the scoop. According to a survey conducted by HSBC with over 9,000 expats weighing in on economics, overall experience and family life, top honors go to…Switzerland.

Sounds like they’re living the good life in Switzerland with high household incomes, extra disposable income and a strong, healthy economy. Oh, did we mention the Swiss chocolate? There, we just did.

While the expat survey didn’t rank as high for their social life and ease for foreigners to make local friends, on the monetary front it seems pretty darn great.

Another country that ranked high was China. Coming in third place, per a piece in The Wall Street Journal, it ranks the highest satisfaction financially. That said, it ranked poorly in terms of its travel, culture, lifestyle and frustrations related to adapting. Read more

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Author of ‘Leading the Life You Want’ Talks About Skills to Become Whole

visionInstead of looking at work-life balance, Stew Friedman, author of Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life, recommends looking at integration between work and the other areas of your life.

“Balance is bunk,” says the author. It’s a “misguided metaphor” because it assumes trade-offs must exist between work or school, family, community and self. He suggests looking at four-way wins to improve your life within all four dimensions.

As Friedman describes embracing principles to be whole, real and innovative, we’re going to focus on being whole. This means acting with integrity and respecting that all of the roles you play make up a whole person.  Read more

Good News! Three Media Jobs Rank Among Top 20 For Work-Life Balance

yogaAccording to Glassdoor, dream jobs really exist. Really, they do! And by dream we mean the ability to have a job you enjoy and get this — actually have a life outside the office!

Glassdoor pulled 20 of the highest rated jobs for work-life balance based on employee feedback shared on their site.

As for the really cool news, SEO specialist arrived in the second spot, social media manager ranked high at number four and corporate communications professional ranked high also at eight. Read more

Want to Log Off Daily at 6 p.m. Sharp? Amsterdam Office Literally Disappears!

extra extraTalk about work-life balance. One office in Amsterdam literally does a disappearing act by 6 p.m.! Music to our ears.

Employees at the design studio Heldergroen are literally out the door by that time. As per a piece on Adweek, their desks, tables and work surfaces (with computers attached, mind you) are hoisted to the ceiling by steel cables! Yes, the type of cables typically used to haul theatrical production props. Read more

Time to Ditch Workaholism & Being First One In, Last One Out

hangoverIf you’re the first one in the morning at the office and the last one out at night, you may think it’s the best way to climb the ladder. Hard work pays off and it gets noticed, right?

Well, a longitudinal study conducted by the University of Padova in Italy followed workers for 15 years. Researchers discovered workaholic behavior was linked to worse health, boosted absenteeism and get this — decreased job performance.

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Should a Global Three-Day Workweek Become the Norm?

vacayWealthy business tycoon, Carlos Slim of Mexico, recently proposed having a three-day workweek while he attended a business conference in Paraguay, as per a piece in The Washington Post. Mentioning this new concept could underscore modern realities.

Consider this: Retirement isn’t exactly going to be 50 or even 60 and it’s not unheard of to be working until 70 or more. As we live longer, we’re working harder but is harder necessarily better? Per the piece, a few charts have indicated productivity plummets when you exceed working a certain number of hires. As companies tighten their headcounts and consequently their budgets, they’re squeezing more and more out of workers and in some cases, getting less and less. Read more

New Survey Compares Working Mothers & Fathers to Job Satisfaction

working motherAccording to a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder, gender is compared to income, career advancement and job satisfaction. Per results, female breadwinners tend to have a tougher time making ends meet while working moms are happier on the job.

Working dads who are the breadwinner in their household were nearly twice as likely to report holding a professional or technical role. This equates to 57 percent compared to 28 percent of working moms. And working moms who are the sole breadwinners were twice as likely to say they work in an administrative or clerical role to the tune of 52 percent compared to 23 percent of men.  Read more

French Tech Industry Employers & Unions Forbid Evening Emails

work_lifeIt’s beginning to feel more and more like we live to work whereas other parts of the world work to live.

Case in point — according to The Guardian, employers’ federations and unions have signed a legally binding labor agreement that actually requires employers to ensure their employees are disconnected outside working hours. Smart phones, they’re talking to you, too. Read more

New Study Shows Employees Working From Home are Happier & More Productive

work from home2If you’re working from home and enjoying it more than the office, you’re not alone. A recent study conducted by Stanford University indicated when employers allow their workers to work from home, they’re ultimately happier, less likely to quit and more productive.

Call center employees were given the opportunity to work from home, researchers noticed people at home made 13.5 more calls compared to their cubicle counterparts. They also quit 50 percent less than office dwellers and revealed they were “much happier” on the job. Read more

Pinterest CEO Talks Balancing Work With Parenthood

Pinterest logoIt’s about time! We read a short piece in today’s Wall Street Journal mentioning Ben Silberman, Pinterest Inc. chief, and how he balances a busy work schedule along with being a dad.

This seems refreshing since we often read about women tackling this issue on a daily basis. It seems that men rarely get asked this question or they rarely talk about it so we tip our hats to the top executive’s ability to openly dish about a topic so many people struggle with daily. Read more

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