Your boss probably thinks you have work/life balance

When it comes to understanding their employees, a lot of bosses don’t, a survey suggests today.

The “Workplace Flexibility Survey” surveyed 1,087 professionals, both employed and unemployed, and human resources professionals, Boston.com reports.

Two thirds of the HR professionals said their company’s employees have a “work-life balance,” but 45 percent of the professionals said they don’t.

One in five of the employees said they work more than 20 hours a week on personal time.

Why? Because their boss expects them to.

Elaine Varelas, a managing partner of career management service company Keystone Partners, agrees the CareerArc survey raises important concerns over the gap in work-life attitudes between employers and employees.

“When leadership and employers aren’t experiencing the same reality at work, that becomes an issue,” she told Boston.com by phone. “If employees are telling their bosses ‘I need work-life balance’ then employers need to listen.”

“If they’re not having that conversation, then leadership really loses,” she said. Varelas pointed to Monday’s snowstorm that forced many people to stay at home as an example of achieving a strong work-life balance.

“So many people worked from home and were productive,” said Varelas. “But it was understood they needed to shovel their walkways and take care of their kids. They were truly multi-tasking.”

  • Tyler

    I could write a novel about this. Instead, I’ll just respond to a quote. When salaried employees work outside of a 40 hour work week, leadership doesn’t lose. They gain. Everyone ELSE loses.

  • Jeff

    Don’t you hate pledge week?

    • Do *I*?

      Unlike the past, when we’d have tons of volunteers and a real buzz in the building, most of us don’t even know it’s happening now.

      • Jeff

        Yes, I thought maybe the MPR overlords required extra work. As a loyal listener (and sustainer) I hate pledge week but over the years I’ve been trained to tune it out.

        • Some people do work extra but I’m not one of them. I do work roughly 6 a.m. to about 9 p.m. on the blog, but that’s only because it’s got my name on it and don’t think it should be crappy.

          • Jeff

            You can always change your name and become a slacker like the rest of us.

          • kevins

            That’s Slacker, with a capital “S” if you don’t mind.

          • Jeff

            I did some useful work today so I’m a Jr. Slacker.

          • kevins

            Sweet!…little of any use happening here, but I did feed the birds. I can often hear them tweeting “slacker” if I don’t.

  • Jack

    Some of us are our own worst enemies in this regard. We do what it takes to get the work done – at the expense of our own health and personal relationships.

    I fully raise my hand as an offender. I don’t even want to guess what my blood pressure has been the past two weeks. The only thing getting me through at this point is that I know that this work project will be coming to an end by the end of February.