SINGAPORE: Singapore was in the bottom 10 for work-life balance and ranked second in the 40 strongest cities in a study of 40 cities released on Wednesday (August 7th).
A study by technology company Kissie showed that Singapore was ranked 32nd among the 40 cities on the work-life balance list. Helsinki played first, followed by Munich, Oslo, Hamburg and Stockholm. Kuala Lumpur was ranked last, behind Tokyo.
Singapore was second on Tokyo's list of the busiest cities.
The cities included in the Work and Life Balance Index in 2019 are "known for attracting professionals and families for job opportunities and varied contributions to life," the study said.
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They were ranked based on factors such as the average number of hours worked per week, the minimum number of days offered for vacation, the average amount of time traveled to work, gender parity and the degree of happiness perceived.
In Singapore, 23% of people worked more than 48 hours a week, and workers began their workday at 9.34am on average, the study found.
Workers in Singapore worked an average of 44.6 hours a week, which exceeded only those in Kuala Lumpur by 46 hours, according to the survey. In contrast, people in Oslo worked 38.9 hours a week in at least 40 cities.
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Workers were offered seven minimum rest days and took an average of 14 days off.
The city was ranked 11th by gender and had the highest security score. It was ranked seventh for perceived happiness and 17th for "stress factors", such as city population density, transport and infrastructure, climate and the local economy.
The study was based on sources such as Kissie's own internal data, the International Labor Organization, and Expedition.
Chief Executive Officer Casey Bernhard Mehl said: "It is important for us to note that our professional and personal lives are not, and should not be, mutually exclusive.
"Despite living in an age of unprecedented advances in technology and connectivity, we have failed to address the everyday aspect of improving our daily lives – finding a balance between work and leisure.
"Whether it be long hours, unrealistic expectations from bosses or job insecurity, workplace stress has been shown to affect our physical and mental health.
"As long as employees are hired, they will not use the safeguards created for their well-being – no matter how progressive the government and company reforms are."
The company added that the index is not designed to be a city life index, nor does it intend to highlight the best cities in which they work.
"Einstedt, it aims to be a guide for cities to determine their ability to support residents' fulfilling lives by improving aspects of life that help alleviate work-related stress and intensity," said Kissie.