3 FACTS AND 5 BARRIERS FOR WORK-LIFE INTEGRATION (PART 2 OF 3)

This is the second part of a three-part blog series that work-life integration: key concepts, facts, barriers and enablers. I’m focusing on what you need to know and to do as a leader to support different ways of working and reap the benefits of work-life integration for your team members and for your business.

THREE KEY FACTS ABOUT WORK-LIFE INTEGRATION

1- Managing work-life is becoming more difficult

  • A global survey showed that one in three workers say managing work-life has become more difficult, with four in ten managers saying that their hours have increased over the past five years.[i]
  • Three out of four employees say they don’t have enough time.[ii]
  • 98 percent of executives check email during their off time, and 63 percent check email every one to two hours during their off time.[iii]

2- Work-life integration is important for employees

  • One in three workers cites flexible working as the most important employer attribute.[iv]
  • Half of employees report that they would choose a flexible working arrangement over a pay rise, and almost a third indicated that they would look to change employers if flexible work was offered[v]
  • Having a boss who doesn’t allow you to work flexibly is one of the top five reasons for quitting a job.[vi] That was one of the reasons why I personally changed jobs at some point.

3- Flexible working is beneficial for employers

  • Employee satisfaction

A total of 47 percent of people who have the option to telework are “very satisfied” with their jobs, compared to 27 percent of those who are office bound.[vii]

  • Productivity

Over two-thirds of employers report increased productivity among their teleworkers. Contributing factors include fewer interruptions from colleagues, more effective time management, feelings of empowerment, and longer hours.[viii] British Telecom proved that productivity of flexible workers increased by thirty percent.[ix]

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