The evidence is clear. Well-being supports productivity at every level. Let's take a look around the world at effective national practices that connect the dots between productivity, performance, happiness and health.
Norway is the productivity king of Scandinavia. With an average of a 27 hour working week, employees are twice as productive as people in UK or Israel. They also have the happiest population according to the World's Happiness Report.
France has the best health care system in the world, they passed a law in 2017 that gives the 'right to disconnect', average employees receive 30 days of paid leave a year and in 2000 they enacted a law reducing the work week from 39 to 35 hours.
As the third most productive country in the world, employees spend an average of just over 30 hours per week at work. They are one of the fittest countries in the world and top the World Happiness Report.
Luxembourg is THE most productive country in the world. Employees only work an average of 29 hours a week and receive five weeks of paid leave per year. They have also made a declaration on Workplace Health Promotion for the European Union.
With one of the highest GDP's per capita in the world, Australian's work on average of 35 hours per week and prefer flexibility to an increase in pay. They also have a Health Australia political party.
Our health care system ranks 30th globally - third last out of developed countries. Our national productivity rank 13th. Combining both full and part-time hours, we work an average of 37.7 hours per week. We rank 9th in the World Happiness Report. The 2016 Index of Canadian Wellbeing from the University of Waterloo sums up our state with a few key recommendations.