NFI Research Results: Work/Life Balance


The majority (68%) of senior executives and managers say they feel that the work/life balance of people in business today is unbalanced.  Eleven per cent say that others are extremely unbalanced, while more than half (57%) say they are somewhat unbalanced.

However, when it comes to balancing work and personal life, the majority (58%) of executives and managers believe themselves to be balanced.  Fifteen per cent of business leaders say they are extremely balanced, and almost half (43%) consider themselves somewhat balanced.

More people in large companies (78%) than small (63%) say they feel most people in business are unbalanced when it comes to balancing with personal life.

There were no significant differences exist among senior executives and managers.

Detailed Results:

When it comes to balancing work with personal/home/family life, I feel that most people in business today are:

Extremely balanced        2.2%  
Somewhat balanced        29.6%  
Somewhat unbalanced         57.0%
Extremely unbalanced         11.1%

When it comes to balancing work with personal/home/family life, I feel I am:

Extremely balanced       14.8%         
Somewhat balanced        43.0%    
Somewhat unbalanced         33.3%
Extremely unbalanced         8.9%  

Select responses from NFI Research members:

– “I believe most people are putting in more hours today than pre-recession. More effort is being given to protecting business, finding business and developing business.”

– “Most everyone I talk to feels work /time pressure and has difficulty in devoting the time they would like to family and home life.”

– “As a CEO, I could easily work 80 hours/week.  But my goal is 45 or less.  I coach youth sports as a way to force balance.  But the challenge sometimes is being present for my family and not thinking about the business.”

NFI Research is a U.S.-based research firm that identifies and analyzes trends and attitudes in business and organizational management and Information Technology. To learn more about NFI Research, visit

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.


Enter your email address to receive updates each Wednesday.

Privacy guaranteed. We'll never share your info.

Leave a Reply

You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>