Nearly three out of four HR professionals said in a new survey they feel their employees have a good work-life balance, but nearly half of the workers say they don't have enough time off. And many of those employees are spending over 20 hours working outside of the office on their personal time each week.
Technology may be to blame for the amount of work performed outside of the office. Of the over 1,000 workers who participated in the study, 65% said their manager expects them to be reachable outside of the office. From the employers' perspective, 64% said they expect their employees to be reachable outside of the office on their personal time.
“Technology has expanded the 9-to-5 workday into the 24/7 workday, which has made it extremely difficult for employees to have personal time," says Dan Schawbel, founder of WorkplaceTrends. "Companies are being forced to react to this work-life dilemma by investing more in their programs in 2015. In the future, every company will have a flexibility program and those that don’t will lose the battle for the top talent.”
The study stated that while taking work home may be the norm, formal workplace flexibility programs, where employees have the option to periodically work from home without coming into the office, seem to be benefiting both employees and employers.
Here are some additional highlights from the report:
- 53% of companies surveyed say they plan to invest more in work flexibility programs in 2015
- 50% of employers rank workplace flexibility as the most important benefit they believe their employees desire, compared to 75% of employees who rank it as their top benefit
- 87% said their work flex programs improved employee satisfaction
- 69% use their programs as a recruiting tool
- 54% said that their programs positively impacted their recruiting
- 62% said that the demographic that benefits most is Gen X compared to 35% of Gen Y and only 3% of baby boomers
“Companies need to remember that organizations, ultimately, are made up of people," stated Robin D. Richards, CEO, CareerArc. "HR leaders do a great job of putting the 'human' in human capital, but it is clear that more can be done to create a dialogue with employees to understand their needs and wants from a flexibility and work-life balance perspective.”