Employees want to get back balance
FOUR out of five employees want to restore some balance to their working lives, a survey by recruitment firm Randstad found.
Its Workmonitors global study revealed 80 per cent of Australian workers hoped to improve their work-life balance in 2011 because they dedicated much time and effort to their jobs in 2010.
Chief executive Deb Loveridge says the pressure on employees during the global financial crisis may have been greater than employers realised.
‘‘While businesses in Australia clearly found the past 12 months extremely challenging, the results of our research suggest that employees shouldered a significant burden, sacrificing their social, personal and family life to ensure their employers continued doing business,’’ she says.
‘‘Now that conditions are improving, employees are looking to restore balance to their lives. Employers would be well-advised to encourage and facilitate a better blend of work and life, otherwise they risk losing their best assets – their people.’’
She says Australia has a culture in which hard work is rewarded. Meeting and surpassing the expectations of employees will be crucial for businesses to retain top talent.
‘‘ The winners in 2011 will be those organisations with the right people in the right jobs, motivated and ready to grow the business,’’ she says.