A recent study by Emolument.com questioned 1,360 professionals on how they feel about their work-life balance: it showed that engineering and IT workers are much happier with their work-life balance compared to other occupations. Seniority level, location and gender are also shown to have a major impact on work-life balance.
Work-life balance by job
Sales & Business Development
Programme & Project Management
Engineers & software developers have the balance right: 71% of engineers and software developers consider their work-life balance to be either great or satisfactory. This could be down to the fact that these highly in-demand professionals are often able to negotiate perks such as flexible working hours, unlimited holidays and work from home days as these roles usually do not demand set hours at a desk.
Consultants seem to struggle: Consultants can be expected to work long hours, and the study shows they are the most unhappy with their work-life balance with 49% considering it to be awful. As client and customer facing professionals, they have less control of their location and working hours and this can have a negative impact on work-life balance.
Claire Bond, Director at Bond Williams, urges employers in particular to pay attention to the human and business cost of neglecting a good work-life balance. She says:
“Research shows that less than half of employees would tell their manager if they were feeling unhappy or struggling with work load and so it can remain an invisible but detrimental business risk. As such, prevention for all employees, to help them achieve a balance that works for them, rather than singling out stressed individuals, may be the best approach.”