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Work:life balance in South Africa is booming compared to other countries around the world, according to the Regus Work:life Balance Index. But the relationship between work and leisure gets better if you’re running a business or if you’re from Generations X & Y.
The study, published for the second year running by global workplace provider Regus, is based on the views of 26 000 professionals in more than 90 countries.
Despite the nation’s high global ranking, South Africa’s place in the Index has slipped slightly in overall work:life balance over the year, reflecting the pressure of work in a strongly growing economy.
This solid work:life balance showing is stronger for those running their own businesses, with 83 percent of business owners enjoying work more than last year.
Perhaps contrary to common assumptions, the older generation appears less adept at juggling work and home life. Those in younger generations (89 percent) are more likely than their older counterparts (65 percent) to report that they are enjoying work more than they did last year as well as being more satisfied with their levels of productivity (94 percent compared to 73 percent).
- South Africa scores 129 in the Regus Work:life Balance Index 2013, compared to 135 in 2012
- The global average is 120
- Business owners score 132
- Generations X & Y score 132
- Respondents from small firms score 129
Kirsten Morgendaal, Area Director at Regus, comments: "Staff members who are happy at work are both more productive and less likely to leave the company. As the jobs market improves, businesses are realising that to hire or retain talent they must focus on extending their flexible working policies, such as offering a choice of work locations. This is already happening — we see our network of local centres used every day by people working flexibly.
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