Older employees more likely to neglect work-life balance
About 54% of workers aged over-50 believe they go above and beyond compared to just 17% of respondents under 25, according to a Frog Recruitment survey which showed that out of staff aged between 25 and 50, 43% felt they were doing more than they needed to.
Shannon Barlow, managing director of Frog Recruitment, said the over-50s could use their hard-working traits to their advantage, but warned that older workers needed to be careful about how they managed their work-life balance to avoid burnout. “The concept of achieving ‘work-life balance’ is new for mature workers,” she said.
Younger workers, on the other hand, were prioritising their well-being, which she felt was a positive.
“After what we now know about burnout in the workplace, it’s vital people protect themselves from exhaustion and be extra careful not to burn the candle at both ends – particularly the middle generation who may be juggling work responsibilities with bringing up a family while squeezing in time to exercise, volunteer or perhaps even study.”
Employers should tap into the needs of each generation to fill skills shortages, she said.
“Many of our clients want to attract a younger workforce, and we know employers offering policies that genuinely support healthy work-life balance will do this more successfully than those organisations that don’t,” Barlow said, reported RNZ.