Kiwi work-life balance tops global average: Regus
BUSINESSDESK: New Zealanders’ work-life balance is higher than the global average, even as employees work harder and are more productive than two years ago, says flexible workplace provider Regus.
New Zealand employee's work-life balance was 126 points, topping the global average of 124 points, according to the Regus work-balance index.
The index demonstrated a connection between good work-life balance and employee productivity, with 48% of Kiwi employees working harder than two years ago.
Workers say they have taken on additional duties since the global financial crisis.
"The results indicate that New Zealanders are working harder than two years ago and are spending more time at work," William Willems, Regus regional vice-president South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, said.
"Despite this increase in time and energy, New Zealanders still enjoy a better work-life balance which is higher than the global average.”
The survey, which polled over 16,000 business professionals worldwide, ranked New Zealanders' productivity at 79%.
That is higher than Australian and American workers on 77%. In China it is 73%.
Kiwis were the happiest workers on 74%. That is higher than workers across the Tasman on 66%, in the US on 64% and with Britons on 60%.
“A good work-life balance is essential to maintain a healthy and happy life and is important to ensure the health of the New Zealand workforce to support business productivity," Mr Willems said.