FedEx Office Takes a Look at Work/Life Balance in 2009
FedEx Office released the results of its national “Finding Better Balance” survey, and found 47 percent of respondents say better work/life balance would be even more important to them in 2009, compared to 2008. The online survey, conducted in late November 2008 with more than 500 full-time, U.S. workers indicates America’s labor force is looking for ways to bring balance back to their daily lives.
Respondents’ ages were a significant factor in how they perceived the importance of work/life balance in 2009. A full 58 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds believe it will be more important to find better work/life balance in 2009, compared to 46 percent of those aged 35 to 54, and just 30 percent for the 50-and-over group. In addition, a full 86 percent of survey respondents plan to actively pursue this better balance in 2009.
As with all New Year’s resolutions, the commitment to actively pursue better work/life balance in 2009 needs to be supported with a change in behavior. The full-time, U.S. workers surveyed plan to take simple steps to get the ball rolling, including:
- Take advantage of all vacation time (49 percent)
- Prioritize projects (44 percent)
- Create a weekly to-do list (42 percent)
- Leave work at a reasonable hour (41 percent)
- Take lunch breaks on a consistent basis (36 percent)
Here’s to a year of finding better balance. We’ll continue to bring you FedEx team members’ toughts on this important topic in the New Year.