Managers resolve to spend less time at work

March 2004
Management Services;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p7
Academic Journal
This article reports on the 2004 survey conducted by the Chartered Management Institute in Great Britain concerning work-life balance. The survey reveals that managers have resolved to spend less time at their desks and more time keeping fit. It also uncovers vast regional differences where loyalty to employers is concerned, with many managers claiming they will change jobs during the year. The research shows that almost six out of ten respondents intend to spend less time in the workplace. The realisation that an improved work-life balance leads to healthier lifestyles is emphasised with the top resolution being to exercise regularly. The desire for change is consistent among men and women. However, regional differences were started, with 87% of respondents registering their intention to work less. Petra Cook, head of policy at the institute, says managers are demonstrating that they recognise the need to switch off and look after themselves more, especially if they are to realise their ambitions and boost their prospects. They want the opportunity to develop their career, but career enhancement has a price. It must be coupled with an improved home-life too. The survey also looked into managers' confidence about their personal financial prospects for the next 12 months and found that more than half were pessimistic.


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