S4R News / 30th Oct 2015

Are you getting a good work-life balance?

It is a question that many of us ask ourselves from time to time; are we spending too much time at work? Whether the overtime hours are stacking up or an important meeting is looming at the forefront of your mind, it is easy to say that many of us don’t have the correct work-life balance. With more and more pressures placed on our everyday lives, it is important to strike the right balance so other important elements don’t get neglected.

It might come as shock (or not!) to find that surveys have indicated over a quarter of professionals are dissatisfied with their work-life balance. As a nation we put in an average 39.5 hours per week but it’s not unusual for some of us to work more than that, as 13% of the working population are working 40+ hours on a regular basis.

Luckily there are companies out there that are dedicated to providing job roles with a positive work-life balance. With that in mind, we have explored the job titles out there that are high on the work-life balance scale and what companies are doing to help maintain that balance.

What job roles have the best work-life balance?

There have been various surveys carried out over the years to identify which job titles and companies are top of the work / life balance leader board.

Luckily for us marketers, the majority of job titles that fall under the category with the best work-life balance are marketing related or web based. The jobs include:

  • SEO Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • UX Designer
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Web Developer

Other jobs that rank high on the list include: Data Scientist, Substitute Teacher, Recruiting Coordinator and Talent Acquisition Specialist.

What are companies doing to create a good work-life ratio?

There are companies that are working hard to ensure that their employees are getting the right balance but who are they and what are they doing?

The companies that ranked highest for best company for working environment and company benefits in a survey by Glassdoor were:

  1. Euromonitor International
  2. Bank of England
  3. Mediamath
  4. Unibet
  5. Equal Experts
  6. Holiday Extras
  7. Financial Force
  8. Aspire
  9. Swiss Re
  10. Pentland

When their employees were interviewed about why they ranked the organisation highly, they mentioned a variety of factors, including: little out-of-office work, a relaxed environment, 35 days holiday per annum, great secondment opportunities, flexible working hours and a friendly, sociable atmosphere.

It’s difficult to say if there really is a perfect job that provides you with the ideal work-life balance, after all, it will be different for different people; however, it is reassuring to know that there are companies out there working hard to ensure that you have a balance.  Worryingly though, studies do suggest that overall work-life balance levels have fallen since 2009. Applicants were asked to score their work-life balance out of 5 and the average results have dropped from 3.5 out of 5 in 2009, to 3.2 in 2015. It is important that companies recognise this drop and evaluate their working structures to improve this figure in 2016.