People in the Netherlands enjoy the best work-life balance, according to recent findings by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Unsurprisingly, the most important aspect for a healthy work-life balance is the amount of time people spend (not) at work. The authors of the Better Life Index note that "evidence suggests that long work hours may impair personal health, jeopardise safety and increase stress."
In the Netherlands, only 0.5 percent of employees work very long hours (50 or more hours a week), the lowest rate in the OECD, where the average is 13 percent. In comparison, some 11 percent of American employees work very long hours, so the United States doesn't make it in to the top ten ranking. It ranks 30th out of 38 considered countries. Also, the U.S. is the only OECD country without a national paid parental leave policy - although three states do provide leave payments.