In September 2008, the Wall Street Journal released its first survey of attitudes towards the Executive MBA. In total, 4,060 students and recent graduates from 72 Executive MBA programs at 53 business schools in nine countries were surveyed. In addition, 455 human resources and executive development managers at companies across 23 industries were interviewed. The overall picture that emerged from the survey was that the Executive MBA is considered a critical business investment. A full 64% of companies said that sponsoring or allowing employees to attend EMBA programs was a way to retain talent, and 25% said that they see immediate tangible results from employees who come back as stronger managers.

Despite Recession, 75% of Employed Executives Still Open To New Career Opportunities

Poor company values cited as most important factor in decision to leave existing employer, a change from 2007 when lack of career development was most important.

More Companies Offering Work-Life Balance Programs - Executives Beginning To Reap The Benefits In 2008.
40% Of Executives Surveyed Report Work-Life Balance Has Improved, Up 5% From 2006

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.

The Executive Mobility Survey, conducted by the AESC from July 12th to October 15th 2007, investigates key factors driving senior executives to make job changes. In an effort to gauge the search field’s level of understanding of these motivating factors, the survey was posed to both executive level candidates, members of the AESC’s BlueSteps, and to AESC member search firms.

Respondents to this survey included 933 BlueSteps members and 152 AESC member firms. Of the BlueSteps respondents 502 are from North America, 278 are European, 96 are from Asia Pacific, 30 are from Central or South America, and the remaining 23 come from other parts of the world. Forty three percent of BlueSteps respondents are aged 45-54 and 38% are aged 35-44.

87% of executives feel that work-life balance considerations are critical in their career decision making process

Nearly Half of Executives Surveyed Reported Work-Life Balance has Worsened in the Last Five Years,
Reflecting a Widening Value Gap Between Employers and Employees.

A survey of 1,311 senior executive BlueSteps Members in 2006 revealed that 87% felt that work-life balance considerations were critical in their decision whether to join, or remain with, an employer.

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