Recently there has been a lot of focus on work life balance and the importance it plays in mental health and wellbeing but, when it comes to job satisfaction, does it really matter? What value do employees put on having a good work life balance?
New research by Glassdoor indicates that it may not be as much of a priority as employers think. A survey of more than 615,000 Glassdoor users found that when it comes to job satisfaction work/life balance and salary were the least important factors receiving only 12.1% and 12.0% of the vote. The most important factor was culture and values (22.1%) with senior leadership coming a close second with 21.1% of the vote.
The survey also looked at whether priorities changed as income rose, finding both work life balance and salary became less important for those earning higher wages whereas career opportunities, culture and values and senior leadership all became more important.
Danny Clarke, Group Operations Director for the ELAS Group, says: “This study demonstrates that companies need to think again when it comes to engaging with employees and retaining top talent. People have become more knowledgeable about workplace culture and values, want to be proud of who they work for as well as feeling that what they do makes a difference and they’re part of something larger. You only need to look to the likes of Virgin, Google, Apple and American Express to see that engaging your employees is more than simply paying them more money.
Here are some things to consider when it comes to engaging and retaining employees: