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More Than Three In Four Professionals Striking Work-Life Balance
Survey Finds Balance Generally Good From Staff-Level to C-Level

MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to work-life balance, new research suggests the scales are tipping in employees' favor. In a Robert Half Management Resources survey, 77 percent of workers characterized their work-life balance as good or very good. Nearly half of respondents (45 percent) reported they have greater balance than three years ago.

The Work-Life Balancing Act

Balance also has reached the C-suite. In a separate survey, 82 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) rated their work-life balance as good or very good.

While generally positive, the findings show room for improvement. About one in five of all workers (22 percent) and 17 percent of CFOs specifically consider their work-life balance fair or poor. In the survey of workers, 14 percent of respondents said they have less balance now compared to three years ago.

View an infographic with the survey results.

Respondents were asked how they would rate their work-life balance. Their responses*:

 


All Workers

CFOs

Very good – It's right where I want it to be

30%

28%

Good – It's close to where I want it to be

47%

54%

Fair – It needs improvement

20%

14%

Poor – I don't have balance

2%

3%


99%

99%

 

In the survey of all workers, respondents also were asked how their work-life balance has changed compared to three years ago. Their responses*:

 

Getting better

45%

No change

42%

Getting worse

14%


101%


* Totals do not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

 

"Work-life balance can have different meanings for different people -- for some, leaving at 5 o'clock every night is the ideal, and for others, scheduling flexibility and remote work options offer the greatest benefit," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. "Employers today are introducing more flexibility in how, when and where work is performed, and employees are reaping the rewards. At the same time, businesses can enjoy enhanced retention efforts." 

McDonald noted that while technology makes it easier for employees to multitask, there is a risk of blurring the lines between work and personal time. "There's no doubt technology allows for added flexibility, but it's easy to succumb to the temptation of constantly staying connected and tapping into on-demand access to information."

To help professionals and managers improve their own and their teams' work-life balance, McDonald offers tips on the Robert Half Management Resources blog.

About the Surveys

The surveys were developed by Robert Half Management Resources and conducted by independent research firms. The CFO survey is based on telephone interviews with more than 2,200 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. The survey of workers includes responses from more than 1,000 U.S. professionals age 18 or over 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 to supplement companies' project and interim staffing needs. The company has 150 locations worldwide and offers assistance to business leaders and consultants at roberthalfmr.com.

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SOURCE Robert Half Management Resources

For further information: Michael Weiss, (925) 913-2645, michael.weiss@roberthalf.com