Happiness is…. running a small business (especially for Gen X/Y)

Malta, 13 June 2013 – Better work:life balance is being achieved most successfully by small business owners and by the younger generations, according to the Regus Work-life Balance Index published today. However, the Index has slipped four points since last year, to 120, 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.

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

Mauro Mordini, 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 a better work:life balance makes them more productive; 72% also believe that flexible working improves their productivity.