Job Dissatisfaction? Work / Life BalancePosted: 17th of April 2015 by
With a recent report saying that nearly a quarter of all professionals are dissatisfied with their work / life balance it seems that there is more to having a job than just getting employed. Despite the fact that the employment rates hit a record high at the end of 2014, it seems that too many people are not happy with their current jobs.
Investec Private banking conducted a survey into how people feel about their jobs, and returned some thought-provoking results. A full 25% of people, including those employed in sectors like finance, law, teaching, and healthcare, were unhappy with their current work / life balance.
The figures differ from place to place, with London returning 22% dissatisfaction among employees, while different industries also showed varying results – including the 29% of financial sector workers who were unhappy about the balance between their working and their home lives. It seems that many feel that their work is taking over their lives, with 38% of London employees reporting that their family and friends think they are work-a-holics, although 64% said they liked working in the capital.
The problem seems to be that too few people see their work / life balance as a priority when looking for a job. Sources say that 41% of people see enjoying their work as the most important factor when it comes to choosing a job, while 23% say that money is the most important thing. Just 16% of those questioned said that they saw their work / life balance as the most important thing when it came to choosing a job.
While a third of UK professionals believe their situation will improve in the next five years, it still begs the question as to why so many people don’t think of their work / life balance when it comes to looking for a job.
Work is definitely a large part of your daily life – with many people seeing their colleagues more during the week than they see their own family. Therefore it is understandable that people want their working day to be as enjoyable as possible, while also wanting to be paid enough to feel compensated for their work, skills, experience, and time.
But, with greater connectivity to the workplace via social media. Telephone, and email, many employees are finding that the workplace is following them home – especially if their employment means dealing with people from different time zones. This may be an unavoidable fact of modern life in some workplaces, but this should surely mean that we all need to be more aware of our work / life balance?
It seems that the question is whether you work to live, or live to work?
Ideally, you should find time for both…
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