Women More Likely to Say Employers Aid Work/Life Balance

August 7, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Women were more positive (58%) than men (55%) in their perceptions of company efforts to help them balance work and life, according to a recent survey by Kenexa Research Institute.

According the survey, females at small companies (100 – 249 workers) and large companies (5,000 – 9,999 employees) are far more satisfied with their company’s efforts at striking a balance between work and life than were men.

In fact, 61.5% of women at small companies compared to 54.3% of men have this view. At large companies, 60.1% of females versus 51.1% of males say their companies allow for a work/life balance.

The greatest disparities between how men and women view their company’s support in a work/life balance exist in executive/senior manager (4.5%), clerical (5%), and operative (13.5%) positions.

In terms of industry, the greatest disparities between males and females occur in: accounting/legal (15.1%), other personal services (9.1%) and education (6.8%).

As both males and females get older, they become less willing to say their employer allows for such a balance, with the exception of employees that are 65 years and older.

For the full survey results visit http://www.kenexa.com/en/AboutUs/Press/2007/07JUL25.aspx .