Work-life balance moves to top of the agenda for workers

Three times as many workers in the UK would prefer a better work-life balance in 2005, compared with those who want more money, research reveals.

A survey of more than 1,700 UK workers, by Lloyds TSB and pressure group Working Families, shows that two-thirds (67 per cent) of those questioned intend to strike a better balance between work and home life this year. This is compared with only one in five (22 per cent) who will be pushing for a pay rise.

The research, launched to mark the start of the annual search for Britain’s Best Boss, shows that 61 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women saying that they would struggle to ask their employer for the chance to work flexibly.

Fiona Cannon, head of equality and diversity at Lloyds TSB, said: “It is refreshing that, as far as career resolutions go, our number one priority is to balance work and play.

“But it’s rather telling that people don’t feel they can discuss it with their boss. Perhaps one of our career resolutions should be to develop a better relationship with the boss so that we can discuss our true career needs.”

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