Pulling off that Work-Life Balancing Act

Great news! A high percentage of respondents are pulling off the balancing act … most of the time. 


Given Friday’s attacks in Paris, I’ve been of two minds in terms of this weekend’s poll. Is it trivial to discuss whether we achieve a healthy work-life balance, or does it become even more meaningful to ensure that we work to live, rather than the other way ’round?

This weekend’s question:

Do you feel you have a healthy work-life balance?

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The results: More than three quarters of respondents feel they’re doing well on this front, even though there are exceptions for many. In many ways, this makes perfect sense; even if our roles have predictable cycles, it’s highly predictable that there will be times with peak demands for our time and expertise … and that doesn’t even take into account the unexpected.

A high percentage of respondents also believe their office culture supports such a healthy balance. If your workplace isn’t one of those, or if you haven’t been taking advantage of such a positive culture, are you happy with the situation … or trying to find time to carve out a strategy for change? Here’s a detailed look at peoples’ responses.

One out of five respondents gave an unqualified “Yes” in response to the question, “Do you feel you have a healthy work-life balance?”
  • 56% of respondents reported that they have a healthy work-life balance most of the time, but that there are exceptions
  • 24% of respondents reported that they do not have a healthy work-life balance
  • 20% of respondents reported that they have a healthy work-life balance
A majority of respondents think that their office cultures support a healthy work-life balance
  • 65% of respondents believe their office culture supports a healthy work-life balance
  • 35% of respondents do not believe their office culture supports a healthy work-life balance
For those who have achieved work-life balance: an invitation to elaborate on reaching this happy state
  • 52% of respondents selected, “No; I’m not there yet”
  • 44% of respondents selected, “Yes; I’m happy with my work-life balance” but did not elaborate; perhaps that’s how they keep this balance, by being mindful of time spent on polls!
  • 4% of respondents selected “Other”. One wrote, “lots to say but not enough space!”

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