If you have read our book then you will know that we prefer work life blend to work life balance as the latter suggests that it is either one or the other. Far too simplistic. But having said that a new study from Simply Hired, the largest search engine for jobs, announced that work/life balance was ranked above salary as the most important consideration when looking for a new job. This was according to a new poll of visitors to the site. – so not exactly random. The majority of respondents cite improving work/life balance as a top career resolution for 2010.
When asked about career goals for 2010, the vast majority of respondents (81%) want to find a job they love, followed by 10% who want a payrise or promotion and 4% who are just hoping to avoid redundancy. Respondents were divided on what is the most important consideration when looking for a new job. The complete breakdown includes:
* Work/life balance: 36%
* Competitive salary: 31%
* Training opportunities: 27%
* Ability to travel: 3%
* CSR initiatives: 1%
The poll also found that 66% of respondents made a 2010 New Years’ resolution that relates to their career. Top resolutions include:
* Improve my work/life balance: 40%
* Learn a new language or skill: 16%
* Expand my professional network: 14%
* Volunteer to lead a company project: 6%
* Find a mentor: 4%
* Become active in an industry organisation: 4%
The poll may not be very scientific but it can help to get people thinking about what they want from work within the context of life overall.