Most workers content with work-life balance

Almost two-thirds of employees are content with their ability to balance their work and private lives, according to new figures.

Data drawn from the database of employee research company ORC International, representing the opinions of 1.4 million UK employees, shows that nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of staff are now satisfied with their levels of work-life balance, compared with 55 per cent in 2001.

Family-friendly working policies are set to dominate the forthcoming general election as the major political parties will aim to win over the electorate with policies designed to improve work-life balance.

Kate Pritchard, ORC International’s employee research manager, said that the improvement had come due to business putting the issue high on the agenda following work-life balance provisions in the Employment Act 2003.

Further findings which indicate an improvement in work-life balance among UK employees include:

  • 60 per cent of employees are satisfied with the amount of work they are expected to do, compared to 55 per cent in 2001

  • 50 per cent of employees believe they are given enough time to do their job effectively, compared to 44 per cent in 2001

  • 57 per cent of employees are able to do their job without working excessive hours compared to 55 per cent in 2001.

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