EU statistics say that 35% of the European workforce believes working has a negative impact on their health. Governments and trade bodies are aware of this - but which cities are evolving to meet this challenge and which are falling behind?
Last year at Selecta, we asked our 10,000-strong workforce, spanning 16 European countries, to participate in an employee engagement program; a 73% response rate indicated employees are passionate about these issues and keen to contribute to a better workplace.
We wanted to delve deeper, and so we conducted a study ranking 121 European cities using data sets that relate to an employee’s wellbeing. The result is an index determining which city is best for overall employee work-life balance.
To compile our index, we have used a number of data sources. For each category, we sifted through the internet for the most recent and reputable data. Because these data sources were in a variety of different formats, a min-max normalisation was used to standardise the data into a score between 0 and 100.
This results in a score between 0 and 100 for each data point, and each city is ranked accordingly based on its overall average score.