Striking a good work-life balance has long been a priority for many U.S. workers, but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed that from a priority to a near necessity. Job review site Glassdoor is out with a new report which highlights the 20 highest rated companies for work-life balance in the age of the novel coronavirus.
Amanda Stansell, Glassdoor’s senior economic research analyst, tells Yahoo Finance that the pandemic has introduced new challenges to finding a work-life balance.
“Whether you’re a parent handling kids at home between meetings, or isolated in a studio apartment and working around the clock, employees have been immersed into a new reality of being expected to work anytime and anywhere,” she said.
According to Glassdoor data, employee reviews mentioning mental health–related topics rose by 42% in July 2020 compared to six months earlier. The report also reveals that employers at the top 20 companies are making it a priority to ensure that their employees are meeting work priorities while also allowing for much-needed breaks.
“Employees are the greatest asset of any company, so it’s more important than ever to find ways to ensure work-life balance is enforced at work,” says Stansell.
Tech companies dominate the list (see below) when it comes to fostering a good work-life balance for employees; however, health care, finance, and retail companies are also well represented.
One key component of creating a good work-life balance for employees is knowing the warning signs of burnout, including added anxiety and stress, Stansell said. If left untreated, it can impact the long-term well-being of employees, which can affect productivity.
The top U.S. company for work-life balance is Acuity Insurance. According to one Glassdoor reviewer, the Wisconsin company “creates a small company feels in a large corporation. Which results in creating the ability to manage a family and a career with minimal stress.”
This year's list was compiled using reviews of both current and former employees between March 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020. According to Glassdoor, intern reviews were not used in the analysis. All companies on the list had at least 75 work-life balance reviews during the period. The average work-life balance rating displayed extends beyond the 10th decimal place to determine this ranking.
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Reggie Wade is a writer for Yahoo Finance. Follow him on Twitter at @ReggieWade.