MENLO PARK, Calif., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Workers' ability to juggle the demands of the office and home is on the upswing, with those in charge greatly aiding the cause, new research suggests. In the Robert Half Management Resources survey, the majority of professionals (52 percent) said their work-life balance has improved from three years ago. Nine in 10 respondents (91 percent) reported their manager is very or somewhat supportive of their efforts to achieve this balance, and 74 percent said their boss sets a good or even excellent example.
The outlook is notably rosy among one group, in particular: the youngest workers.
Workers were asked, "How has your work-life balance changed, if at all, from three years ago?" Their responses*:
Workers were then asked, "How supportive is your manager of your efforts to achieve work-life balance?" Their responses*:
Not at all supportive
Workers also were asked, "When it comes to work-life balance, how would you characterize the example set by your manager?" Their responses*:
*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.
View data tables with the results by age group.
"Employers and employees alike are emphasizing work-life balance," said Tim Hird, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources. "Managers can help by giving their teams more freedom over where and when they work, if possible, and providing greater autonomy. These efforts go a long way to improve job satisfaction and retention rates."
Hird sounded a word of caution. "Many companies view work-life balance as being particularly relevant to millennials, but employees of all generations are under pressure to meet both work and personal obligations," he said. "Businesses should promote work-life balance initiatives broadly and make sure all staff have the opportunity to weigh in on the perks that will best help them meet their goals."
Robert Half Management Resources provides five tips for managers to help their teams achieve work-life balance:
About the Research
The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.
About Robert Half Management Resources
Robert Half Management Resources is the premier provider of senior-level finance, accounting and business systems professionals for companies' project and interim staffing needs. Customizing its approach for each organization, Robert Half Management Resources can provide a single consultant, a financial team or full-service consulting services, delivered through Protiviti, a Robert Half subsidiary. With more than 140 locations worldwide, Robert Half Management Resources works with companies of all sizes, including more than half of the top 100 companies from the FORTUNE 500®. For more information, visit roberthalf.com/management-resources.
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SOURCE Robert Half Management Resources