Maintaining a balance between personal and professional life is the ultimate goal for many employees. However, working people often struggle to manage the boundaries between the two.
To remedy this, some are prepared to make major concessions, according to a recent survey by Ford of over 16,000 respondents in 16 countries including France, the United States, Brazil and China.
Some 52% of employees questioned say they would be willing to see their salary drop by 20% if it would enable them to cut back on their hours at work and, therefore, have a better work-life balance.
Interestingly, this figure varies according to nationality and age group. Nearly 70% of Thai respondents say they would consider such an arrangement, compared with just 40% of Mexicans.
Younger generations are also more likely than their elders to accept a pay cut in exchange for assurance that their professional obligations will not encroach on their private lives.
However, this does not mean that working people are not attached to their professional lives. An overwhelming majority of respondents (80%) say they feel committed to their current job.
They are not, however, prepared to make every sacrifice to advance their careers: three quarters of those surveyed don’t think it’s a good idea to work in a job that makes them more stressed on a daily basis.
And they’re not wrong – specialists agree that stress has a considerable impact not only on quality of life at work but also on a company’s finances. It contributes to a deterioration in employees’ mental health, with repercussions on absenteeism and staff turnover.
Firms are well aware of this and are increasingly putting in place measures to promote a better work-life balance, such as remote working, unlimited leave, and the four-day week. But, according to the survey respondents, companies would do well to look to artificial intelligence to support their employees’ wellbeing.
In fact, 60% of them believe this technology will enable them, in the long term, to better manage their professional and personal responsibilities.