Magazine article Talent Development

Work Can Wait: Instead of Being the Stereotypical Workaholics Who Arrive Too Late to Receive a Hero's Welcome from the Kids, More Men Are Trying to Balance Their Home and Family Life

Magazine article Talent Development

Work Can Wait: Instead of Being the Stereotypical Workaholics Who Arrive Too Late to Receive a Hero's Welcome from the Kids, More Men Are Trying to Balance Their Home and Family Life

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For the most part, men and women express few differences in the value they assign to work-life balance, according to a recent Accenture survey. The only area of surprise was the number of men, 68 percent, who said they want to be available for their families. This number is higher than the percentage of women, 46 percent, who said the same.

"We're seeing a culture shift among men who are changing their belief system and want to interact more with their families," says Sharon Klun, manager of Accenture's retain talent team.

Regardless of which segments of the workforce most value time away from work, the workplace is adapting to the demands of the current and incoming generations, albeit slowly. Large organizations employing 1,000 or more workers typically have to be consistent and focus on policy, whereas smaller organizations have the ability to tailor policies according to individual needs.

Klun says that the days of human resources policy being one-size-fits-all are fading as employees view their own situation as unique and want the ability to miss a meeting if they have a pressing personal need at home. Spending a full eight hours at the office is no longer a premium.

"Many organizations are taking baby steps in terms of flexibility and providing opportunities for different roles," Klun says.

Some scheduling benefits that were unthinkable a generation ago are now commonplace, such as compressed work weeks, flexible schedules, and work-from-home options. …

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