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Capitol Hill Workers Love Their Jobs, but Struggle with Work/Life Balance

Magazine article HRMagazine

Capitol Hill Workers Love Their Jobs, but Struggle with Work/Life Balance

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Congressional staffers are struggling with work/life balance issues but are more fulfilled by their jobs than the typical U.S. worker, according to a survey of U.S. House and Senate staffmembers.

The study, Life in Congress: Aligning Work and Life in the U.S. House and Senate, was conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF).

More than 1,400 congressional employees were surveyed in the fall of 2011. Seventy-two percent of respondents worked in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 28 percent worked in the U.S. Senate; 55 percent worked for Democrats, 43 percent for Republicans and 2 percent for Independents. The findings were released in October at the 2012 Workflex Conference, sponsored by SHRM and the Families and Work Institute.

Staffers ranked the following factors as most important to their job satisfaction:

* Overall office/corporate culture (valued by 79 percent of the respondents).

* Paid time off(60 percent). …

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