Work-life balance key for both sexes

15-02-2007

Work-life balance key for both sexes
Men and women are both fully appreciative of the importance of maintaining a health balance between their private lives and their professional lives, new figures reveal.

According to a study by the Association of Executive Research Consultants (AERC) 85 per cent of the men said that achieving work-life balance is more important than ever before.

A total of 479 senior executives were questioned for the survey, 402 male and 77 female. Of the men questioned, 53 per cent said their companies do not offer programmes to help employees achieve a better work-life balance.

AESC president Peter Felix says: "Executive search consultants tell us that many company hiring managers still express surprise when a male candidate asks for less travel during job negotiations.

"Many, unfortunately, expect only women to ask for this. Given the global talent shortage that is only expected to worsen, the companies that understand that work-life balance is a human issue – not a gender issue – will be more successful in attracting and retaining top talent."

When asked if their enthusiasm for travelling long distances to work had altered over the last five years, 55 per cent of women and 77 per cent of women said that they were "less willing".

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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