BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Surveys Point to Companies' Increased Support of Employee Work/Life Balance

MENLO PARK, CA -- Meeting both business and personal demands has long been a juggling act for professionals. New surveys of employees and executives, however, show companies are responding. Fifty-three percent of workers said their employers are very supportive of their efforts to achieve work/life balance; 45 percent of executives echoed the sentiment. Only 10 percent of employees and 5 percent of managers said their companies are unsupportive of work/life balance concerns.

The surveys were developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. They were conducted by an independent research firm and include responses from 150 senior executives at the nation’s 1,000 largest companies, and 539 full- or part-time workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.

Executives and employees were asked, “How supportive is your company of its employees’ efforts to achieve work/life balance?” Their responses: 

    Employees   Managers
Very supportive  

53%

  45%
Somewhat supportive  

37%

  50%
Somewhat unsupportive  

5%

  5%
Not supportive at all  

5%

  0%
   

100%

  100%

“Companies today cannot afford to ignore the issue of work/life balance,” said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. “Providing employees the flexibility to address personal commitments, without compromising the needs of the business, can make the difference between a good working environment and a great one.”

Domeyer pointed out that as little as a decade ago, the survey results might have been different. “Telecommuting, job-share and flextime options were once the exception. Today, these and other employee benefits are increasingly common.”

Employees are not the only ones who gain from these programs, Domeyer noted. “Giving staff choices for how they accomplish business objectives can improve morale, increase retention rates, and build both leadership and time-management skills,” she said.

OfficeTeam has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at www.officeteam.com.


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