Raleigh, NC – June 25, 2012 – Workplaces have changed dramatically over the past 30 years. Email, internet, instant messaging, laptops, digital teleconferencing, flexible schedules – all of these innovations have changed the way we work, the way we live, and the way professional and personal lives intersect.
But the results of a new national poll show that, despite incredible advances over the past several years, work-life balance is still a work in progress for most American workers.
In 2012, Workplace Options, a leading international provider of employee benefits and work-life services serving over 34 million employees across 170 nations, is celebrating three decades of success. To mark the occasion, the company commissioned a national survey through Public Policy Polling to find out where employed Americans stand on popular work-life issues.
According to the survey results:
- 43 percent of respondents reported an increase in work-life benefits and professional development opportunities compared to their first full-time job
- 28 percent said work-life benefits available through their employer have increased in the past five years, despite the faltering economy
- 45 percent reported access to more flexible working arrangements compared to their first full-time job
“Over the span of three decades, this industry has undergone an incredible evolution,” said Dean Debnam, who has led Workplace Options as chief executive officer for 25 years. “The conversation has shifted. Benefits are not just recruiting tools, they are programs that allow employees to be more effective. The new challenge is finding innovative and engaging ways to answer the question, ‘How can I make my employees’ lives better, and allow them to do their job more efficiently at the same time?’”
“The thoughts and trends reflected in this survey hold true around the world, not just in the U.S.,” said Debnam, whose company expanded to international offices in the U.K., Ireland, Canada and Singapore over the past six years. “Work-life balance is a growing global conversation that’s only going to become more important in the future.”
The survey also revealed three specific areas where benefits have made significant advances:
- 27 percent said they now have access to more assistance programs for child and elder care than they did at their first full-time job
- 31 percent reported access to more legal and financial assistance programs
- And 43 percent said their current employers offer more personal health and wellness programs compared to the start of their careers
“Organizations are only as effective and productive as their workforce – that’s a fact that will never change,” Debnam added. “Finding new ways to make employees’ lives easier and their employers better at the same time is what Workplace Options is all about. And we look forward to the innovations and new ideas the next 30 years will bring.”
The national survey was conducted March 15-17, 2012. The survey polled 570 working Americans and has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 %.
To learn more about the employee solutions provided by Workplace Options, please visit www.workplaceoptions.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at @workplaceoption and visit Workplace Options’ YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/yourworkplaceoptions.