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Flexibility seen as key to good work-life balance, study shows

Flexibility seen as key to good work-life balance, study shows

Most workers across the world believe they can strike the perfect balance between their personal and professional lives.

That is according to new research carried out by Accenture, which has found that some 70 per cent of all employees think it is possible to "have it all" by enjoying a successful career as well as a happy private life.

The Defining Success study - which involved questioning 4,100 executives from medium to large-sized firms in 33 nations globally - indicated that finding the right work-life balance has become increasingly important for professionals in recent years.

For instance, many people admitted they take the potential effect a role will have on their personal life into account before making a final decision on whether or not to take a position, with more than half (52 per cent) of respondents admitting this process has led them to reject a job.

Flexible working is also regarded as a crucial working benefit by most employees these days, as 80 per cent of individuals said they see this as a very important aspect of their day-to-day routine.

Of course, fluidity in working and shift patterns can help individuals strike the best possible work-life balance and Accenture indicated that this is now seen as the most important definition of career success, in front of other desired benefits such as recognition, money and autonomy.

In addition, when asked what words describe an attractive working environment, 50 per cent cited flexibility.

Technology was found to be a critical factor behind the proliferation of flexible working, as 77 per cent of individuals noted that equipment such as tablet computers and smartphones enable them to operate more flexibly.

Nellie Borrero, managing director of global inclusion and diversity at Accenture, said it is worthwhile for organisations to focus on encouraging their staff to strike a good work-life balance.

“Companies that can help their employees navigate both their professional and personal lives are likely to see strong employee engagement and enjoy an advantage as they recruit and retain high performers," the official added.

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Posted by Francesca Witney