A survey of 1,134 senior executive BlueSteps Members in 2008 revealed a significant increase in the number of employers offering work-life balance programs – from 8% in 2006 to 25% in 2008. Perhaps as a result, the number of senior executives who feel their work-life balance has improved in the last five years has also risen – from 35% of respondents in 2006 to 40% today.
In addition, fewer respondents of the survey reported increased working hours in the last five years – from 59% in 2006 to 54% in 2008 - and fewer executives have been working longer hours due to a heavier workload – from 46% of respondents in 2006 to 39% today.
Key findings of the recent survey compared to the same poll conducted in 2006 revealed:
“In the last two years, employers seem to have better grasped the delicate act of helping their employees to balance personal life and work,” noted Peter Felix, President of the AESC. “This issue has become a genuine concern among senior executives and therefore needs to be addressed within corporate culture. The latest survey results suggest that the work-life gap is narrowing as companies begin to see the benefits of a healthy work-life balance.”
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