Better work-life balance achieved by business owners

Better work:life balance is being achieved most successfully by business owners and by the younger generations in East Africa, according to the Regus Work:life Balance Index. However, the Index has slipped four points since last year, showing that people in business are struggling with a mounting pressure of work.

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.

These global findings should be seen in the context of the specific score for East Africa (121) which beats the global average (120) by 1 point. Positive feelings abound in the workplace, with 78% of respondents enjoying work more than they did a year ago.

Perhaps contrary to common assumptions, globally the Baby Boomer generation appears less adept at juggling work and home life. Across the world, younger workers enjoy work more than Baby Boomers (76% compared with 64%) and are more satisfied with their productivity levels (81% compared to 69%.)

Key findings:

  • East Africa scores 121 in the Regus Work:life Balance Index 2013
  • The global average is 120
  • 78% of professionals in East Africa enjoy their work more than in 2012
  • 87% of business people in East Africa feel their productivity has risen since last year

Joanne Bushell, Vice President at Regus, comments: “Staff 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.

Previous research from Regus has showed that 72% of professionals globally believe that flexible working improves their productivity.

Generation Y: born after 1980; Generation X: born 1965-80 Baby Boomers: born 1945-1964