Work-life balance is a deal breaker for UK employees

HR professionals in Britain are the mostly likely to cite that work-life balance as a primary motivation for employees leaving their organisation, according to research by Robert Half International.

The research which surveyed HR executives across businesses in South America, continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia showed that almost 29% of respondents from Britain said work-life balance was one of the biggest reasons for employees leaving the business.

Overall, remuneration is still the top reason for employees to leave their jobs, according to 32% of UK executives, although work-life balance is the top response among London-based respondents, with nearly four in 10 (38%) indicating this is the case.

Employees in Switzerland are less concerned about work-life balance, with a just 4% stating this was a priority, followed closely by the Czech Republic (8%). 

Worldwide, remuneration remains a primary motivation for employees sourcing other jobs, with Singapore (58%), China (52%), Brazil (50%), Italy (45%) and Australia (40%) all favouring salary benefits.

In countries/states such as Dubai (11%), China (12%), Singapore (12%) and Italy (13%), salary is seen as the main factor when choosing a new role.

Phil Sheridan, managing director at Robert Half UK says: “The work-life balance topic has always been highly debated with many employees looking for ways to balance both professional and personal commitments.

“Organisations looking to attract and retain the best staff need to stop focusing solely on remuneration but on other aspects of the work-life environment which are important to employees, such as career development and flexible working.”

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