Executives Losing the Grip on a Healthy Work-
New Survey from BlueSteps.com Shows 55% of Senior Executives Unsatisfied with their Work-Life Balance
June 21, 2010 07:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time
NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--In April this year BlueSteps.com, the executive career
management service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), surveyed over 800 senior
executives worldwide to discover the latest attitudes to work-life balance. The Economist Intelligence Unit assisted
with the development of survey questions. Of those surveyed, over half reported that they currently do not have a
satisfactory work-life balance – the highest dissatisfaction figure recorded since the survey began in 2006.
Employers missing a work-life balance trick
Eighty per cent of BlueSteps executives say that work-life balance is critical in their decision whether to join or
remain with an employer, yet 82 per cent report that their company does not have a program in place to improve
work-life balance. The results show a clear disconnect between the way organizations view work-life balance as
compared to the value placed upon it by executives.
AESC President, Peter Felix, commented, “The success of any organization is dependent on those running the show,
so healthy and satisfied executives are vital to overall performance. The latest BlueSteps.com results indicate that
many organizations are overlooking the fundamental link between a healthy company and “healthy” executives.”
In with the blackberry, out with leisure time
The large majority of respondents (70 per cent) feel that a modern lifestyle, defined by new technology and
globalization, has decreased their leisure time.
Almost all executives rate their career as more important, or as important as personal leisure or hobbies, while only
35 per cent take full advantage of their allotted paid time off each year.
Promotion not always the road to happiness
Despite many executives giving up a good work-life balanc