EU Gender Equality Index 2019 focuses on work-life balance. This is an issue of high political importance in the EU. In addition to work-life balance related indicators captured by the Index (e.g. in the domains of work, time and knowledge), the thematic focus presents additional indicators — a EU Work-Life Balance scoreboard (WLB scoreboard).
The EU WLB scoreboard cuts across three broad areas: paid work, unpaid work (care) and education and training.
It presents 15 indicators in six specific areas of concern: parental leave policies; caring for children and childcare services; informal care for older persons and persons with disabilities and long-term care services; transport and infrastructure; flexible working arrangements; and lifelong learning.
Browse the the publication for EU Member country-specific data and analysis in the six specific areas of concern.
WLB Scoreboard, Standard Of Living And Quality of Life
You may be wondering, what is the relevance of a WLB scoreboard to your life? You need to understand that our Work-Life is not structured, influenced or defined only by the policies and culture of the organisation that we work for. While some companies are ahead, focusing on the future of work, many others take guidance from country specific legislation.
Many extraneous circumstances, not a few that are outside our individual control and influence, impacts our daily life or work-life. We all want an improvement to our standard of living and work environment. But this most often happen in the context of the country we reside.
But when we work with others, we can exert more influence to make our individual quality of life aspirations achievable.
Now think of this, what will your life likely look like as a male or female in the country where you live or work? How much can the country’s WLB score or Gender Equality Index affect you; and your effort to have a great life experience for your self?
Where your personal standard of living is above the average for your environment, there is always something that you can contribute to lift others up. After all, living a life that positively impacts others, contributes to our own well-being.
When next someone ask you, what does your life look like as a male or female living in Norway or Lithuania for example, or in what areas do you want to improve your life? You can now look beyond your personal circumstances or local environment and use a wider context to explain or plan.