Majority of Canadian employees rank work-life balance as good, excellent: survey

Almost 70 per cent of Canadian employees said they have a good or excellent work-life balance, according to a new survey by staffing firm Robert Half.

The survey, which queried more than 570 Canadian employees and more than 1,200 Canadians in leadership roles, found 35 per cent of respondents said their work-life balance has improved compared to three years ago.

Broken down by gender, 72 per cent of female respondents said they view their work-life balance as excellent or good, while 23 per cent graded it as fair and five per cent felt it was poor. Three per cent of male respondents rated their work-life balance as poor, 30 per cent said it was fair and 67 per cent graded it as good or excellent.

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“Successful organizations recognize the link between employee well-being and productivity,” said Greg Scileppi, president of international staffing operations at Robert Half, in a press release. “Giving teams the options and resources to balance their personal lives and professional obligations helps to reduce stress and can positively impact their engagement, commitment and overall happiness at work.”

More than a third (36 per cent) of respondents said their employer bears the responsibility for ensuring a work-life balance. However, in a separate survey, 24 per cent of business leaders said work-life balance is the responsibility of the employee.

“By encouraging work-life balance and making it a priority, managers set the tone for an attractive corporate culture that supports employee success and well-being at every level,” said Scileppi.

The survey also found employees aged 35 to 54 have the best work-life balance, with 70 per cent rating it excellent or good, compared to 68 per cent of employees aged 18 to 34 and 69 per cent of employees over the age of 55 years.

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