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Elusive Work-Life Balance In Bangkok; Ranked 43rd Out Of 50

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Bangkok ranked 43rd out of 50 major cities worldwide for qualities that make working and living easier. People in Bangkok struggle to achieve a work-life balance. The city is ranked 43rd out of 50 major cities worldwide for qualities that make working and living easier. This is according to Kisi, a US-based security specialist. But you may be wondering, how elusive is work-life balance in Bangkok?

The results are based on an analysis of 19 factors grouped under three broader themes — work intensity, society and institutions, and urban livability. These are themes that the researchers believe, affects working life overall. And therefore, based on those criteria, top nine European cities emerged from the 2020 survey. The nine cities were led by Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen in that order. Calgary in Canada rounded out the top 10.

The top-ranked city in Asia was Singapore. It holds the 41st position, with a total score of 64.7. Note that Oslo was assigned a score of 100. Bangkok that scored 59.6 still finished ahead of Hong Kong (45th), Kuala Lumpur (47th) and Seoul (50th).

According to Kisi, the “Best Cities for Work-Life Balance 2020” report assesses “a city’s adoption of smarter working policies.” It also assesses “cities capacity to simultaneously equip residents with the ability to enjoy their leisure time.” This year’s study also took into account how Covid-19 has changed and continues to affect work-life balance.

Understanding Kisi’s Best Cities for Work-Life Balance

“This index is not designed to be a city livability index, nor is it intended to highlight the best cities to work in. Instead, it is an indicator of a city’s ability to provide a healthy work-life balance for its residents. While also providing opportunities to relieve work-related stress,” the company said.

Kisi chose the 50 cities for the survey based on their reputation for attracting professionals and families for their work opportunities and diverse lifestyle offerings. It then gathered and analysed publicly available data on the many factors that affect working life.

Kisi’s Survey – Work Intensity Factors

Work intensity factors included the amount of time a person dedicates to their job. This includes the total working hours, commuting and vacation days taken. Also analysed were unemployment figures. This takes into account the impact of the pandemic, as well as the percentage of people who have had to take up multiple jobs in order to get by as a result.

Kisi’s Survey – Social Factors

Analysis of social factors focused on the extent to which residents receive equal treatment. These are for services such as; access to state-funded health and welfare programmes, as well as institutional support for equality and social inclusivity.

Kisi’s Survey – City Livability Factors

City livability was evaluated based on affordability as well as citizens’ overall happiness, safety and access to wellness and leisure venues.

The two final factors added this year related to Covid-19: overall economic impact and projected percentage change in employment.

Bangkok’s Weak Areas Based on Survey Factors

Work intensity factors that pulled down Bangkok’s ranking included hours worked plus commuting time. Bangkok average 50.7 hours per week on hours worked plus commuting time. It has percentage of the workforce considered overworked at 20.2%; and vacation days taken at just 10 per year.

Bangkok’s ranking was low on city livability factors. Affected areas included a low affordability score of just 38.3 compared with scores of 80 or more for the top 10 cities, and 27.9 for air quality.

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Source: Bangkok Post

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