Em­ploy­ees want to get back bal­ance

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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.

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