A recent survey by Progility Recruitment reveals that work/life balance is the top consideration among project managers and PMOs looking to change jobs.
When asked to specify what was most important when looking for a new job 46% of respondents said that work/life balance was top of their list. In fact, a higher salary (13%) was rated as one of the least important factors, behind career progression (26%) and a good working environment (15%).
Louise Capone, Head of Progility Recruitment, commented “the results aren’t that surprising. With the current skills shortage in the project management and PMO market, employers are increasingly finding that an attractive salary and benefits package just isn’t enough to attract and retain the best talent. Employees want to be respected by their employers and a good work-life balance is an excellent way to show that you value your employees as people - not just as a means to an end.”
Traditionally, the UK doesn’t compare well to its European neighbours when it comes to work/life balance, with fewer bank holidays and some of the longest working hours on the continent. So we’ve put together our top three tips for taking control of your work/balance:
1. Remember, productivity is not the same as number of hours worked. If you’ve been skipping sleep to get things finished the chances are that you’re not working very efficiently and tasks will be taking you a lot longer than they would if you were well rested. The Mental Health Foundation has some excellent advice on “working smarter, not longer”.
2. Leave your work at work. Make a tomorrow’s to-do list at the end of each day and leave it at work.
3. Manage expectations. You don’t have to react to everything instantly. Save this for when something is actually time sensitive and urgent. This is self-reinforcing, if people don’t expect you to reply at all hours, you’ll feel less pressure to do so. Lay some clear ground rules such as; “if it’s really urgent, call me, but I won’t be checking my emails tonight”. This sets expectations and leaves you free to switch off.
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