Malta,
24
July
2013
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00:00
Africa/Algiers

Business owners across Africa learn to balance work and personal life

Better work:life balance is being achieved most successfully by business owners and by the younger generations across Africa according to the Regus Work:life Balance Index. However, the Index has slipped four points across East and North Africa and 6 points in South Africa 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 with direct representation in 16 African nations. The international study includes East, North and South Africa.

The global findings should be seen in the context of the specific score for East Africa (121) and South Africa (129) which beats the global average (120) and the score for North Africa (113), which lags behind the global average by 7 points. However, positive feelings abound in the workplace, with 78% of East Africans and 79% of North and South African 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%.)

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.

Key finding across Africa:

EA

NA

SA

Global

Work-Life Balance Index Score

121

113

129

120

Respondents enjoying work more than they did a year ago

78%

79%

79%

70%

Business people feel their productivity has risen since last year

87%

76%

85%

75%

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