17% of staff aged over 55 struggle to manage work-life balance


Just under a fifth (17%) of respondents aged over 55 struggle to juggle their work with other aspects of their lives, according to research by Robert Half UK.

The It’s time we all work happy: the secrets of the happiest companies and employees report, which surveyed 24,000 employees across eight countries, including 2,000 employees from the UK, also found that 12% of respondents aged between 35 and 54 and 10% of millenials struggle to balance their work with other areas of their lives.

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The research also found:

  • 60% of respondents aged between 18 and 35 feel appreciated at work, while 15% of this age group feel undervalued.
  • 25% of respondents aged between 35 and 54 feel underappreciated at work, compared to 29% of respondents over the age of 55.
  • 34% of respondents aged over 35 found their job stressful, compared to 25% of 18 to 35-year-olds.
  • 17% of respondents over the age of 55 are unhappy at work, compared to 16% of respondents aged between 35 and 54, and 8% of respondents between 18 and 34 years-old.

Phil Sheridan (pictured), senior managing director at Robert Half UK, said: “Employees that are aged over 35 have valuable experience that the whole organisation can learn and benefit from. It’s important that their happiness is not neglected, so businesses need to take the time to invest in their staff at all levels. Simple things like conducting regular performance reviews, offering new opportunities for learning, and setting ambitious career goals are all steps that can ensure more tenured [employees] feel appreciated and that career goals don’t become static.”