Tech & Work

Work-life balance: More important than money?

It appears that way if recent surveys are correct. According to one such survey, conducted by the Association of Executive Search Consultants, 85% of recruiters have seen candidates turn jobs down because they didn't offer enough work-life balance.This need makes sense for a lot of reasons. Employees now find themselves juggling with work the pressures of long commutes, raising children, and managing their households. Many are fielding the demands of the "sandwich generation," those who are raising children while also caring for aging parents. Throw into that mix the fact that the boundaries between work and home are blurring due to ready access to work data via our BlackBerries, et al. Not to mention the frustration of feeling that you're not doing any one of those things as best as you could.

Some companies are taking this to heart and are making changes that help alleviate the pressures their employees face. Apparently, Google offers employees the use of gyms, car washes, and an onsite laundry. I think that's a great start, although washing the car would be WAY down on my priority list. The laundry thing I could get into.

Forbes magazine talked about how the gamemaker Cranium got really creative being home-life friendly.

"The company culture is intricately related to the type of products produced. Family-inclusive parties are held at every major holiday and employees take home 10 free games a year. When school is canceled because of snow, the chief executive brings his kids to work just like everyone else."

The type of company may not be the sole determining factor in the work-home balance issue. Sometimes it's what you do rather than where you do it.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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