encouraging work-life balance

Australia has become a nation divided between those who work too long and those who want to work more. One in six work 49 hours or more per week, although exact figures are hard to come by as technology blurs the difference between work and private life. This ‘presenteeism’ can add to domestic pressures, which sets off a vicious circle.

A number of organisations are now introducing flexible work options in an effort to encourage work-life balance and attract and retain talent. Randstad’s employer brand research found that work-life balance was the most important factor of making an employer attractive. However, Australia prioritised work-life balance the 8th most important area to focus on delivering, representing a significant gap.

Some employers who take on graduates report the new working generation is also more interested in work-life balance than salary, possibly as a reaction to their parents’ long-hours culture. Other organisations are inspecting time sheets to identify employees spending too long at work, and telling them to ‘go home’.

Other approaches include providing mentors, helplines, resilience building techniques, in-office massage or physiotherapy.


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