Work-life balance: getting to the truth

Oct 07 2002 by Brian Amble Print This Article

A new survey by the Employers for Work-Life Balance (EfWLB) is trying to find out whether flexible working options are a real incentive to prospective employees.

As the business benefits of having work-life balance initiatives in place become more widely understood, firms are now looking to find out how offering schemes helps to attract talent:

”In my experience, work-life balance policies are a definite benefit that new recruits look for. But to some extent that's anecdotal evidence. ”This research will aim to quantify the perceptions that it's not just salary or training that are attractive, but the whole package must include flexible working policies,” said chair of the EfWLB, LloydsTSB chief, Peter Ellwood.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents to recent a Parents at Work (PaW) survey recently said that their work-life balance made them feel a “little stressed” with almost a quarter claiming that it made them “very stressed”.

Employers for Work-Life Balance was set up in 2000 in order to spread the word among the business community about the benefits of a healthy work-life balance. Its members include Asda, BBC, Shell, HSBC and Xerox. The survey will run until the beginning of November with results being published the following month.

Take part in the survey by clicking here