Work Life Balance Dynamics Change: Global Survey Says the Line Between Work, Home is Blurring
Findings from Randstad’s latest Global Workmonitor, surveying employees in 29 countries around the world, reveal that many Canadian workers feel the line between work and home is becoming increasingly blurred.
The work life balance dynamics and overlap between work and private time in Canada is substantial. The results indicate 46% of Canadian workers handle private matters during working hours, 51% handle work-related matters during their private time and 44% receive work-related calls or e-mails while on holiday. Additionally, 53% say they take calls/emails outside of office hours, 29% say they are expected to be available 24/7, while 43% say they feel they fall short if they don't respond immediately.
Stacy Parker, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Randstad Canada says technology has merged our working and personal lives, creating a more unified experience. “Technology has redefined the traditional workplace as we know it. For instance, employees are working at home, shopping at work, attending school at home, connecting to training webinars at work, and learning new job skills from their children and grandchildren. No generation has ever been this connected, and for good and bad, there is a fusion going on between home and work. We don't stop living when we go to work and, very often today, we don't stop working when we arrive home," she says.
But according to Parker, this kind of work-life conflict can become a serious problem that impacts both employees and employers.
“Today’s workers have many competing responsibilities: work, children, housework, volunteering, and so on. Balancing all of these things can be stressful. Based on past research which ranked what 7,000 of Canada’s job seekers were looking for in an employer, we have in fact found that almost half of the respondents (48%) indicated having a good work life-balance as one of the most attractive qualities in a potential employer,” says Parker.
Additionally, employers are becoming increasingly aware of the cost implications associated with over-worked employees, with things like operating and productivity costs, absenteeism, punctuality, commitment and performance all being negatively affected. In the end, it benefits employers just as much as it benefits employees to instil practices that will ultimately allow employees to achieve work-life balance.
Parker emphasizes that work-life balance is all about creating and maintaining supportive and healthy work environments. “Employers and employees should both take the initiative to take the necessary steps towards achieving a healthy balance between work and personal responsibilities,” she says. “This helps strengthen employee loyalty, productivity, and overall happiness - making it a win-win scenario for everyone involved.”
Source: Randstad Canada
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The Randstad Workmonitor: After the successful introduction of the Workmonitor in the Netherlands in 2003 and more recently in Germany, the survey now covers 29 countries around the world, encompassing Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over time. The quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among a population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). The minimal sample size is 400 interviews per country, using Survey Sampling International. Research for the first wave of 2012 was conducted from January 20 to February 14, 2012.
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