Board members have worst work-life balance

Board members have worst work-life balance

Senior managers and Board members are regarded as having the worst work-life balance, according to research by Morgan Redwood.

The report also shows that 39% of businesses feel work-life balance has the largest influence on staff morale.

Comparing these results against a similar report in 2009, it shows that work-life balance is now the sixth most influential factor for staff morale. The research was conducted on the Heads of HR departments and Board Director-level professionals from over 250 businesses.

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Comments (1)

  • Catherine Cuffley
    Catherine Cuffley
    Thu, 10 Sep 2015 3:01pm BST
    This article is a salutary reminder of the lack of work-life balance suffered by the most senior leaders in our organisations. While this of course affects both men and women, it is felt particularly acutely by women leaders and managers who often have additional important caring responsibilities - for children or elderly parents - on top of their work responsibilities.

    Balance does not of course mean an exact 50/50 split on any one day or week but it does mean making conscious choices about how we spend our time. I coach senior executives and help them to decide on the balance that works for them over a chosen period. If they are leading a significant project at work for example, they may choose to focus on this for a certain period but then schedule some time off.

    Even over the busiest times, however, there is still a need to find time for exercise and rejuvenation practices such as mindfulness - and perhaps most important of all, enough sleep.

    Consciously seeking to find a work life balance that works for you is critical for success. It is not easy but doing so is not only key to physical and mental health but also to a sustainable career.

    What one action could you take to improve your work-life balance today?

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