Tip the balance in favour of life

If asked what they prefer, most people would agree they want to work less and play more. Well now it seems, moving to New Zealand is the way to do it.

A new report has shown New Zealand professionals have a better work-life balance than those in most other countries.

The second annual Regus Work-Life Balance Index surveyed 26,000 professionals in 90 countries about whether they felt improvements had been made to their work-life balance in the past 12 months. This included looking at working hours, time spent at home with families, job enjoyment and commuter lengths. Each country is scored accordingly.

The index showed New Zealand’s overall score was 127 points, seven points above the global average of 120 and more than Australia, the US and Germany.

Surprisingly, Mexico, India, Brazil and China were the top four.

The report showed nearly 80 per cent of New Zealanders said they believed they achieved more at work compared with last year, but only 44 per cent said they spent more time working.

In addition, nearly 70 per cent of those surveyed said they were enjoying work more this year, with 74 per cent feeling happier about the amount of time spent at home or with family.

By comparison, Australia’s score went down 13 points from 129 to 116 points, making it below average.

“Although surprising for those who think of Australians as laid back citizens enjoying an enviable outdoor life, this development is hardly at odds with surveys,” the report states.

“A recent report found a third of both men and women felt they had more work than one person could do, while the proportion of full-time working women claiming to be dissatisfied with their work – life balance nearly doubled between 2008 and 2012.”

If you want to enjoy a better work-life balance, let Grace help you and your family relocate to New Zealand. With branches in both Australia and New Zealand, there are no third parties involved, which means you get the benefit of a true door-to-door experience with quality customer service from start to finish.