work life balance blog

 

The last few blogposts were dealing with the topics co-working, digital nomads, workcation and remote working. I believe all this leads to a great work-life-balance. So here are some trends about work-life-balance and how to achieve it.

Trends for work-life-balance

  • A recent survey conducted by MindMetre in which 64 percent of U.S. employees are happier with their jobs today than they were two years ago because of the increased flexibility and shift towards a clearer work/life balance. (http://www.fastcompany.com/3004788/future-coworking-and-why-it-will-give-your-business-huge-edge)
  • Work/life balance is seen more important than financial reward (http://www.kcom.com/workplaces/infographic)
  • People are now taking the matter of work-life balance into their own hands. One in seven workers in the UK has chosen self-employment as the most effective means to take control (http://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2015/sep/23/goodbye-nine-to-five-hello-work-life-balance)
  • 52% of contractors mentioned that they hoped to achieve an improved work-life balance through working abroad (http://www.cxcglobal.co.uk/component/newsarticles/article/193?Itemid=109)
  • Generation X (1965-80) and Y (after 1980) enjoy better work-life-balance than the Baby Boomer generation (1945-64) (http://www.slideshare.net/REGUSmedia/13097-work-lifebalanceagencyv5)

Achieving work-life-balance

  • Flexible working is a way of improving work-life-balance
  • Commuting, particularly in big cities, is one of the biggest factors in work-life-balance. It is often the activity workers don’t look forward to. Trying to reduce time spent on commuting is one key drivers for organisations introducing flexible working. (http://www.slideshare.net/REGUSmedia/13097-work-lifebalanceagencyv5)
  • 72% of the employers surveyed believed that implementing flexible working practices had a positive impact on staff engagement and 73% felt that it had a positive impact on employee motivation (http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/j/m/Flexible-working-and-work-life-balance.pdf)
  • Allowing for a good work/life balance is a cultural shift in an organisation. It is not about allowing people the ABILITY to fit their work around their lives through technology, it is about allowing employees the OPPORTUNITY to do so. (http://www.vineresources.com/blog/remote-working-worklife-balance-myth)

 

 

 

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