Work Life Balance and Other Employment Post Recession Trends

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The pace seems to be quickening. The old rules no longer apply. What is really changing? What are the influences that are causing these changes? What are the effects on business and on your career? What are the changes to our working patterns? Is the work life balance back?

Before understanding the trends, you might wish to undertake the Employee Engagement Survey. It is free and will provide you with information about how engaged you are with your employment. Ultimately, it will help you decide if you should be looking for a job elsewhere. You can access this by hitting the button below.


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Recession, improved technology, and worldwide competition have together brought about changes in our working lives. As companies struggle for survival, concentration on cost cutting usually focuses on the most expensive resource – people! We have seen thinning out of layers of managers and a reduction in the number of employees. Redundancy is an ever-present threat for many. In this kind of environment it is harder to hide, more difficult to get by with average effort, and impossible to assume the job will always be there.

The Work Life Balance is Back?

The good news is that as recession draws to a close for many, new opportunities emerge:

  • Businesses are expanding. This means that opportunities are growing. Employers are again desperately looking for new staff. That is to your advantage.
  • In the UK, according to the Institute of Leadership and Development, in 2015 some 37% of employees are looking to leave their role. This means a more fluid job market and a greater number of jobs. Again, this is to your advantage. If there are similar statistics for other countries, please let me know on comments.
  • Flexible working, child-friendly employers, and other patterns of work cherished by the ‘Y Generation’ now have to be taken seriously, rather than simply being paid lip-service to. To attract and retain staff, employers have no choice. The War for talent is back. That’s to your advantage.
  • Work life balance has to be taken seriously be employers. Candidates now have choices as to how they want to work. We are already seeing this with organisations increasingly allowing home working. For a few of my clients, their head office just seems to have fewer and fewer people. Most work from home. That requires discipline, and will be the subject of a future article.

Organisations find it difficult to be clear about what the longer-term future holds, and consequently, virtually impossible to predict how careers are going to develop. You can’t know what the future skill requirements are if you can’t predict the future! It is this present sense of short-termism that makes it vital for people to take control of their career. We have recently seen one of the more negative results from short-termism in the mortgage market. It just goes to show the fragility and interrelatedness of the market as a whole.

It is time to take control. In the employment market, after years of employers holding all the cards, you now hold the aces.

The next section of this site looks at employee engagement. You can also assess your engagement here.

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