On Monday, I posted an article which ranked the top 5 states with the best work-life balance in the nation. Many were surprised to learn that Nevada ranked third! If you work your tail off at your job and you don’t have much leisure time, then you probably did not agree with that ranking.
However, those were the facts according to an article written by Assaf and posted on SolitaireBliss.com. They analyzed data provided by the 2021 American Time Use Survey. Per Assaf’s article: “To qualify, respondents had to be employed, report time working, and have been interviewed about weekday activities. States with five or fewer respondents—Alaska, Delaware, and South Dakota—were disqualified.” I guess the people in those states did not have much leisure time to respond to a phone or online survey.
Anyway, here’s how they came up with their rankings. They determined the average number of hours people in a state spent working. Surveyors gathered information such as the amount of time spent at the job, the time spent working from home, and travel time to and from work.
To determine the average number of hours respondents spent on leisure activities, surveyors gathered information on relaxing, socializing, playing sports, exercising, recreational activities, and the time spent traveling to and from social and sporting events.
Once they came up with the average number of hours worked by the respondents in a state, they divided that figure by the average number of hours spent doing leisure activities to come up with a final “Work-to-Leisure Ratio.” And, that’s how they finalized the rankings.
Incidentally, the number of hours we sleep was not included in the “Work-to-Leisure Ratio” rankings. However, the survey did determine that respondents in most states surveyed reported getting eight or more hours of sleep per night. If you would like to review the full report on SolitaireBliss.com, CLICK HERE.
So, which states have the worst work-life balance? Let’s see the results!
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.