"A study shows that work-life balance might not have much to do with employee engagement."
U.S. employees, despite their relatively poor work-life balance, are more emotionally invested and focused on creating value. Does that mean U.S. employees don't value work-life balance? Hardly.
According to a recent Glassdoor survey,
- 72 percent of American employers feel that vacation, sick time, and holidays are extremely important to their job happiness,
- behind only health care (76 percent), which admittedly, is mostly a U.S. issue.
- Only 27 percent of workers felt that development and training was an important workplace issue.
...What does this all mean? Probably that time off isn't truly as valuable to our happiness as we think it is, and ...meaningful work is more valuable.
time off isn't truly as valuable to our happiness as we think it is....meaningful work is more valuable.
Look for ways to say yes, give feedback, and encourage employees to contribute in meaningful ways. Don't manage by rules alone. Do these things, and you'll find you have an engaged workforce that does much better than most of those in the U.S.