Employees have a tough time managing a healthy work-life balance, according to a FlexJobs report released on Monday. More than half of workers (54%) said their work-life balance either needed help, was pretty bad, or was terrible, the report found. Because of this, nearly 69% of employees said they are looking for new jobs that provide greater flexibility.
The report surveyed more than 1,200 respondents to learn about how flexible work environments could affect work-life balance, health, and stress levels. The report found that flexible work has a multitude of positive impacts on both a person’s health and interpersonal relationships.
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Nearly all respondents (99%) said they would be happier with a more flexible job, the report found, which could mean a remote positions, a job with a more flexible schedule, a freelancing opportunity, or even a part-time gig, according to the report. Remote work, in particular, is known to improve employees’ work-life balance, previous research has found.
Perceptions of work-life balance are also greatly influenced by people in power, the report found. Some 36% of respondents said their bosses don’t model a good work-life balance, making it difficult for employees to know what behaviors are healthy and what are not.
“Those in leadership roles influence how their employees view work-life balance. In fact, only 9% say their boss’s work habits make work-life balance easy,” Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, said in a press release. “It’s important that good work-life balance is modeled from the top down, especially considering the positive impact that a happy and healthy workforce can have on productivity as well as company culture.”
Some 89% of respondents said a flexible job would help them take better care of themselves, and 88% said it would reduce their stress levels, the report found. Additionally, flexible work environments may also help employees avoid eventual burnout.
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The big takeaways for tech leaders:
- More than half of employees (54%) don’t have a healthy work-life balance, leading most (69%) to look elsewhere for more flexible work. — FlexJobs, 2019
- Perceptions of work-life balance begin at the top, and 36% of respondent said their bosses aren’t good models of a healthy work-life balance. — FlexJobs, 2019