Most Reading staff happy with work-life balanceBy Linda Fort
May 30, 2012
A company which runs five business centres in Reading says workers in the town believe the balance between their work and personal life has improved.
And the company’s survey suggests staff are happier in Reading than elsewhere.
The new Work-Life Balance Index published by Regus shows that 62 per cent of Reading workers are happy with the amount of time they spend at home or on personal pursuits, and half the workers enjoy work more than two years ago.
The majority (69 per cent) also say they achieve more at work than in 2010, which Regus says points to a connection between a good work-life balance and worker productivity.
Nationally, just over a third of workers say their employers have made efforts to shorten staff commute times. In Reading, that figure is 53 per cent.
Regus says this means employers are acknowledging the detrimental impact a lengthy journey to and from work can have on work-life balance and the importance of reducing long commutes in the Thames Valley area.
The index registered a 28 per cent rise in satisfaction with the work-life balance in Reading between 2010 and 2012, compared to a national average rise of 20 per cent.
Improvements in happiness and job satisfaction are linked, Regus says, to the decrease in worries about job security in many sectors since 2010.
Recent research from Regus confirmed business confidence in Reading is finally on the rise.
Dr Clare Kelliher, professor of work and organisation at the Cranfield School of Management, said: “We know that a good work-life balance is essential for employees to live healthy, happy and productive lives.
“At a time when all businesses are striving for growth, this serves as a reminder that employers should review their policies and practices to ensure that staff have the flexibility to achieve balance in their lives.”
Steve Purdy, UK managing director at Regus said: “The launch of our new Work-Life Balance Index brings the encouraging news that our work-life harmony is improving, and Reading has seen above-average improvements since 2010.
“This echoes recent Office of National Statistics results that UK workers are generally satisfied with their work-life.
“Undoubtedly one of the main reasons for this is that the economic outlook is brighter than two years ago and for many people in Reading, job insecurity has lessened.”
He added increasingly popular was employers helping workers to reduce tiring commute time through more flexible working practices.