Most of us would agree to the fact that work-life balance has become a distant dream for all of us. Especially in Asian countries where the employees are over-utilized. It would not be an exaggeration to say that most of us are dull on Mondays and we somehow drag through the entire week because of the herculean work pressure in most of our offices.
Do you know? Interesting Fact: Close to 47 % of women in the US are in the civilian labor force which is around 74.6 million women.
While the work scenarios in India have improved now after many companies decided to allow working from home or flexible working hours. But we all know the realities. Recently a firm in Mumbai allowed their female employees to take a break on the first day of their period and created waves across the nation. This, however, remains a luxury for most of us and creates ripples making the men question the extra leaves that the female employees get.
Let’s have a look at some of the coolest countries where work is so much.
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A country where you cannot be Fired-
best country for IT jobs- Portugal:
Portugal tops our list because here the employer cannot fire the employee. In fact, he must design a resignation package for the employee and request him to quit the job. What’s more, the employer also tries to ensure that the employee is not fussy or unhappy about leaving the job. Imagine would that ever be possible in India! we wish it happens, but this is the farthest dream for Indian employees.
Sleeping at work is a sign of hard work!
best country for IT jobs- Japan:
Another country that is winning hearts for its employee-friendly work culture is Japan. Japanese employers pay a great deal of attention to how their employees look. Would you believe that the employers in Japan measure the waistlines of their employees? The last limit for men is 33.5 inches while that for women is 35.9 inches. Employees who are heavier than the specified measurements are put on a dieting program or exercise program if he or she doesn’t lose weight in 3 months. This law aims to ensure that the employees are healthy and efficient at work.
Imagine a situation when you’re caught sleeping at work. I know we have all been there, done that and we all know the consequences. However, there is one country in the world that considers you as a hard-working employee if you are found sleeping at work. The only condition is that you should be in an upright position before you doze off to sleep. Yes, such places do exist in the world and the country is Japan.
No Need to take office calls after work
best country for IT jobs- France:
A few years back The French National Assembly passed a law that the employees are not required to answer any work-related emails after their working hours. This law is aimed to give a better work-life balance to the employees. It makes sure that the employees have at least 11 hours of no work-related emails. The employers are prohibited to contact employees after their work hours. Imagine how cool it would be if such things happen in India. And imagine what would happen to those weekend support jobs.
A Four-day Workweek
best country for IT jobs- Netherlands:
What would be your reaction if somebody tells you that the Netherlands has a three-day long weekend? Yes, we are not exaggerating this is a reality, and it exists in this world. Dutch laws are very stringent about maintaining a work-life balance by ensuring fully paid vacation leaves and enough maternity and paternity leaves. Portcullis was the first company to switch to 4 day work week policy in the UK
Annual Vacations are a must?
best country for IT jobs- Austria:
Another country that is a super cool place to work at is Austria. The place is super cool because there are compulsory paid vacations in Austria. All the employees here get around 22 days of compulsory paid vacation. What’s even cooler is those with 25 plus years of experience are entitled to 5 additional days of vacation without a cut in their salaries.
Aren’t these countries super cool when it comes to work laws? Leave a comment and let us know which country you found the coolest and what laws would you like to see in India soon.