There seems to be a lot of buzz about work-life balance these days. This is largely fueled by Generation Y (born post-1980), a generation that is starting to demand more flexible work opportunities.
But the desire for more flexibility at work is not limited to those who grew up in an instant-gratification, technology-bred generation. Nine out of ten Americans feel as though they don’t have enough flexibility in their jobs to meet the needs of the people they put first: their families. This data comes straight from a White House report titled Nine Facts About American Families and Work, an interesting article that also reveals that more than half of employees feel they could do their jobs better if they had a more flexible schedule.
If you want to be happy in your career, odds are you are in agreement with most other Americans regarding flexibility at work. But flexibility is not the only thing that factors into how you view your work-life balance. Check out the infographic on Careers with Great Work-Life Balance from Fitness Mentors below and pay special attention to the section on the indicators of exceptional work-life balance.
Indicators of Great Work-Life Balance
Fitness Mentors took data from around the web and found that the main six indicators that reveal how happy someone will be at work include the following:
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- Total hours worked per week: While obvious, those people who spend less time at work and more time doing the things they love – spending time with family, exercising, doing hobbies, performing leisurely activities, etc. – are happier overall.
- Fun rating: A lot of people don’t think that work can be fun, but many jobs offer an opportunity to have fun while at work. This, of course, is subjective, but the research by Fitness Mentors revealed that jobs like Hollywood Stuntman and Video Game Tester can make it pretty darn fun to wake up in the morning.
- Best average pay: Starting median salary is also an important indicator of work-life balance. Some jobs that offer attractive starting salaries can ask more from their employees in terms of time or responsibility. Employees, understanding that they are making a generous salary, are more likely to enjoy these jobs as they feel their wages are properly justified.
- Growth potential: Climbing up the food ladder provides many with a sense of accomplishment, self-worth, and ability to grow their salary. There is a reason why people complain about “dead-end jobs;” they offer none of these aforementioned areas for growth.
- Flexibility: We alluded to flexibility a few times above, but what flexibility means to you can be different from what it means to the next guy. Flexibility in the most general sense means you have the ability to set your own hours. Flexibility can also mean, for example, having the ability to work remotely or telecommute, work as a freelancer, work part-time, or work a seasonal job.
- Stress: Nobody says that they’d love a stressful job if it meant that it paid great. Still, some people are willing to put up with a bit more stress if it means they get paid more or have some of the above-mentioned indicators within their job.
Work-life balance can be achieved if you pick the right job or do your due diligence before committing to an employer. The key is to determine what it is that you value most in terms of flexibility and work towards finding a job that meets that criteria.
Dan McCarthy is a passionate fitness enthusiast and a health freak. He currently runs 15 miles a week, likes CrossFit, and is fascinated by paleo dieting. He's dreaming of a successful fitness career. For more information, please visit www.fitnessmentors.com.