The job satisfaction factors that top the list in TechRepublic's 2008 Skills and Salary Report are job stability and a higher base compensation. But having a job that supports family issues is third.
According to a 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 makes sense for a lot of reasons. Employees now find themselves juggling work with the pressures of long commutes, raising children, and managing their households. Many are fielding the demands of the "sandwich generation," which are 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, smartphones, et al.
Some companies are taking this to heart and are making changes that help alleviate the pressures their employees face.
Are you interested in the best IT careers for work/home life balance? Here's an article that lists some.
Is your work/home life balanced?
Would you like to know if your work/home life is balanced? Here's a quiz that may tell you some things you don't already know.
If you realize that you need to scale back, read the TechRepublic download, "10 things you can do to keep your IT job from taking over your life," for tips on keeping the workplace at bay.
Toni Bowers is the former 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.