Most Employees Working to Live

"When employees can enjoy their personal lives alongside work responsibilities, they are happier and less stressed and bring their best efforts to the job," says Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half.

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of employees polled by global staffing firm Robert Half said they’ve achieved a good to excellent work-life balance.

 

Professionals in Nashville, Denver, Atlanta, Cincinnati, San Diego and Raleigh reported the most dissatisfaction in their work-life balance. Employees in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco scored the highest marks. According to prior Robert Half research linking happy workers with higher productivity and increased loyalty, employees who felt they achieved symmetry between work and home were two times more likely to be happy on the job compared to those who reported they didn’t.

 

In the current research, 39% of employees think their companies are responsible for work-life balance. But in a separate survey, 26% of business leaders said they believe achieving that balance is primarily the employee’s concern.

 

“When employees can enjoy their personal lives alongside work responsibilities, they are happier and less stressed and bring their best efforts to the job,” says Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half.

 

Robert Half offers ideas for employers to offer work-life balance options.