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Some 59% think their employers support their work-life balance
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A total of 59 per cent of workers think that their employers support them in maintaining a good work-life balance, according to a survey conducted by actuary and admin consultancy service firm Barnett Waddingham.
The survey of more than 300 people also found that 24 per cent of respondents who earn less than £20,000 a year think that their job is harmful to their health, compared to 48 per cent who earn more than £75,000.
It was also revealed that 49 per cent of respondents believe that wellbeing is important to their organisation, with 27 per cent believing it is very important. Of respondents aged 18 to 29, 45 per cent think that their organisation supports them in leading a healthy lifestyle. This is compared to 41 per cent of those aged between 30 and 49 and 37 per cent of respondents aged over 50.
However, 23 per cent of respondents are not aware of the financial protection provided by their employer if they are absent from work, with 24 per cent unaware of the financial protection available in the case of a long-term disability.
A significant 38 per cent of the respondents aged between 18 and 29 do not feel they are paid fairly for their role.
Carl Chapman, head of workplace health at Barnett Waddingham, told Employee Benefits: “We are at the beginning of a cultural shift in the way we work as a nation, with forward thinking employers leading the way with agile working, flexible working, on-site gyms and medical facilities, and even on-site childcare. These are all examples of how employers can help employees manage their lifestyles.”
He went on to add: “It is key to understand the definition of a positive work-life balance between individuals and employers need to think outside of the one size fits all solution. It is important to engage with employees to find out what is important to them.”
By Jon Aspinell
Ashdown Human Resources Recruitment