- 2016 could turn out to be the year of achieving work-life balance, according to new research from staffing firm Robert Half.
- The Robert Half poll found that 54% of professionals surveyed have increased their commitment to their personal life over the last year. Thirty-eight percent of those polled said they are more committed to their career, while 34% cited additional dedication to their job.
- Interestingly, a greater percentage of 18-to-34 year old professionals cited increased commitment in each of the categories compared to professionals 35 and older.
Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half, says it comes down to the current strong job market, as professionals have more confidence in their career prospects, which gives them the breathing room to focus on interests outside of work.
He adds that employers who offer perks to help with work-life balance, such as generous vacation policies or the ability to telecommute, have a recruiting edge. McDonald advocates employers follow some basic benefits to ensure they are meeting the work-life balance goal, including alternative work scheduling, flex time and enhanced child care options.