All Work and No Play? Canadian Professionals Grade Their Work-Life Balance
Are professionals living to work or working to live? A new survey shows it's more of the latter these days. More than two-thirds (69 per cent) of workers polled said they've achieved a good to excellent work-life balance. Thirty-five per cent think it's getting better compared to three years ago.
"Successful organizations recognize the link between employee well-being and productivity," said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International Staffing Operations. "Giving teams the options and resources to balance their personal lives and professional obligations helps to reduce stress, and can positively impact their engagement, commitment and overall happiness at work."
In fact, according to Robert Half research linking happy workers with higher productivity and increased loyalty, employees who felt they achieved symmetry between work and home were twice as likely to be happy on the job compared to those who reported they didn't.
So, who should be responsible for work-life balance? Thirty-six per cent of workers think it's the company's job. But in a separate survey, 24 per cent of business leaders said they believe achieving that balance is primarily the employee's concern.
Company leaders should consider how their own approach to balancing responsibilities can influence their workers, added Scileppi. "By encouraging work-life balance and making it a priority, managers set the tone for an attractive corporate culture that supports employee success and well-being at every level."