Best Companies with a Work Life Balance
As you search for your next job, you may want to consider more than just salary. In fact, a large indicator of employee happiness is the level of work-life balance one is able to enjoy. So, while seeking employment, be sure to inquire about work-life balance and how employees are treated in general at the company.
There are many things to consider when inquiring about work-life balance at a company. For example, does the company have regular hours of operation? Are there frequent work emergencies that require employees to work late or on weekends? Does the job require a long commute, or can it be done remotely? What is the general company culture like? I dive into these questions in my article titled, “Best Jobs for Work Life Balance,” so check out that article to learn more.
For this post, I will focus on the companies known for giving employees the best work-life balance. After researching possible companies for this list, I decided to use a study conducted by Comparably in 2018 that surveyed employees across numerous industries to identify the companies with the best work-life balance.
According to the study, the top ten large companies for work-life balance are as follows:
Starbucks (Seattle, WA)
Intuit (Mountain View, CA)
Overstock.com (Midvale, UT)
Expedia (Bellevue, WA)
Costco (Issaquah, WA)
Nevro (Redwood City, CA)
Aflac (Columbus, GA)
U-Haul (Phoenix, AZ)
Whole Foods Market (Austin, TX)
Zillow (Seattle, WA)
The top ten small to medium-sized companies for work-life balance are as follows:
Boostability (Lehi, UT)
Day Translations (New York, NY)
Pipedrive (New York, NY)
SmartProcure (Deerfield Beach, FL)
NetCentrics (Herndon, VA)
Brighterion (San Francisco, CA)
AristaMD (La Jolla, CA)
PandaDoc (San Francisco, CA)
Zlien (New Orleans, LA)
Juniper Systems (Logan, UT)
As Forbes points out, the study discovered some interesting trends that affect work-life balance and used these trends as part of its algorithm for finalizing its lists. For example…
Only 34 percent of employees from the top 25 winning companies feel burned out, while more than half from other companies feel this way.
More people ages 18 to 25 than any other age group reported having to work on vacation.
Employees in Business Development work more on vacation than those in any other field.
These are all things to consider when applying for jobs if you are looking for a healthy work-life balance. For more insights from this study, visit the link to the Forbes article above.
About the Author -- Joshua Ferdman
Joshua Ferdman is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, specializing in technology, finance, and real estate. He started working in the mortgage business at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Joshua always said that the most important job you can ever have is phone sales. He writes about entrepreneurship, leadership, and succeeding in the professional world.