Ranking South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota for Best Work-Life Balance
A lot has been said in recent years about the so-called 'work-life balance', which is defined as a culture that understands that life should come before work.
Sounds great, right?
But actually achieving the proper balance between home and office is proving to be a bit elusive for a lot of us.
Recent surveys show that as many as 60 percent of Americans admit to struggling to find that sweet spot where life and work co-exist in a constructive way.
That prompted Remote.com to find out where in the U.S. were people finding the work-life balance they've been looking for.
They ranked all 50 states in key categories like:
- Minimum wage
- Maternity leave and payment rate
- Statutory annual leave
- Sick pay
- Average hours worked per week
- Overall happiness levels
- LGBTQ+ inclusivity
So which state is your best bet for finding that work-life nirvana?
The Constitution State's minimum wage is $14 per hour, which is 34% higher than the national average. The state also offers 2 weeks of paid maternity leave at a 95% maternity payment rate and promotes high levels of LGBTQ+ inclusivity.
STATES WITH BEST BEST WORK-LIFE BALANCE
- New York
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
So how did the Tri-Sate (Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota) fare in the rankings?
The Hawkeye State and the North Star State both landed in the Top 20 - Minnesota was 17th overall, and Iowa was 20th.
The Mount Rushmore State was an alarming 48th out of 50.
Only Tennessee and Louisiana were worse.