Work-Life Balance – High priority among working professionals

Work-life balance a high priority among working professionals
Work-life balance a high priority among working professionals

“Understanding employee career motivations and aspirations is key to creating a high performance culture.” – Mara Swan, Executive Vice President, Manpower Group


Did you think that only high performance and productivity define success at work? Not really. A new global career survey of employees released by Right Management, the global career experts within ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), finds that only 10 percent of employees define career success as high performance and productivity. As employers struggle to find skilled and motivated individuals to meet performance goals, these findings indicate an ongoing disconnect between employee aspirations and the performance demands of employers worldwide.


Right Management’s Global Career Aspiration survey also found that 45 percent of respondents rank work/life balance as their number one career aspiration, and the top definition of workplace success is enjoyment/happiness.


“People are happy and engaged at work when they are inspired,” said Swan. “Understanding employee career motivations and aspirations is key to creating a high performance culture that motivates individuals to do their best work. When individuals experience effective career development through ongoing career conversations with their managers, they are more likely to be engaged, motivated and ready to take on new challenges.”


Ajay Talwar, an IT Manager in a fast-growing company, stepped down from his well paying job recently. Ajay left at a point when the fast growing start-up would have made him extraordinarily wealthy. He attributed his move to his two kids aged 12 and 9. His high octane work schedule was taking a toll on his family life and he was unavailable even at crucial moments such as his children receiving school awards. Ajay made a choice to move to another job that provided him more ‘breathing’ space to attend to his loved ones.

Key findings from Right Management’s Global Career Aspiration research include:

– Employees rank work/life balance higher than performance

– When it comes to success, enjoyment/happiness at work trumps performance and salary

– Leaders need to show respect

– Mutual Trust is expected of colleagues

– Employees will leave for work/life balance and higher pay


At we believe that tracking and curating profiles, using data on behavioral patterns, preferences and skills, and employing a recruitment model that combines judgement with data can be a much better predictor and tool for finding out if the candidate would find a good work-life balance at an organization.’s data analytics combined with the pre-screening done by its recruiters helps you connect with the right candidates who have ‘high intent’ and a ‘good fit’ to your role. So, you as an Employer focus on interviewing and screening only those candidates who matter and choose the best!

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