Monday, August 19 11:11:48
Despite longer working hours and increasing workloads, it seems that Irish professionals' work-life balance is improving, with 65pc declaring themselves happy with the amount of time they spend at home compared to just half last year.
These are the findings of the annual Work-Life Balance report published by Regus, the global workspace provider that has business centres in Dublin and Cork.
Business owners are the happiest of the nation's workforce, with 76pc saying they enjoy work more than last year, compared with just 58pc of employed workers.
Previous research from Regus has shown that three quarters of workers have taken on additional duties since the recession began, and that the Irish are more likely to work on holiday than most other Europeans. However, it is clear that longer hours doesn't necessary diminish their sense of well-being.
The crucial factor appears to be choice and control; having the flexibility to decide when, where and how long to work. This goes some way to explaining why business owners, in charge of their own destiny, are more satisfied at work.
"We know that Irish workers remain under pressure - but it seems that strides have been made over the last year to better juggle work, family and leisure. This could reflect mild improvements in the economic outlook, as well as greater acceptance of flexible working," said Dominic Harrison, CEO for Northern Europe at Regus.
"Employers and entrepreneurs must recognise the importance of work-life balance not only from a health perspective but for the company as a whole. Happy workers are more productive. As the jobs market improves, companies that actively promote flexible working as a means to achieve a better work-life balance will also be more successful in retaining their talent."