Men happier than women with work/life balance, survey says
Monday, September 26, 2011
consistently happier than women in the office and at home, according to a new
survey of more than 670 U.S. white-collar workers by Captivate Network.
Men are 25 percent
happier at work than women, eight percent happier at home, according the recent
Captivate Pulse Survey. Three-fourths of men report being able to balance their
work and personal lives.
"extremely happy” person at both home and work is 39 years old, married, with a
household income between $150-$200 thousand, in a senior management position,
with one young child at home and a wife who works part-time. The profile of an
unhappy person at home and in the office: A 42-year-old, unmarried woman with a
household income under $100 thousand, working in a professional position.
between men and women when it comes to work/life balance is telling,” said Dr.
Gilda Carle, a psychotherapist specializing in work/life issues. "It reflects
the reality that while women are as active as men in the workplace, they're
still expected to bear most of the responsibility for domestic activities.”
Women are far more
likely than their male counterparts to take the lead in the day-to-day
household chores, the study found. More than 60 percent of the women say they
take care of the laundry, compared to 31 percent of men. Fifty-six percent of
the women do most of the cooking, compared to less than 30 percent of the men.
More than 50 percent of women take the lead in cleaning (compared to 25 percent
of men) and 61 percent do most of the grocery shopping, compared to 33 percent
of the men.
young single professional, also take it easier at the office. Young, single men
are nearly two times more likely than women to balance their work and personal
lives. Compared to their female counterparts, these men are 25 percent more
likely to take breaks throughout the day for personal activities. The
activities that compare highest against women include taking lunch outside the
office (5 percentage points higher), walking (7 points) and exercise (8
points). These men also are more likely to take smoking breaks (11 percent) and
have sex during work hours (11 percent).
Even more telling:
men are 35 percent more likely than women to take breaks "just to relax.”
The impact of a
poor work/life balance can be serious, the study found. Nearly 87 percent of
respondents indicated that work/life balance affects their health. Women in
particular are suffering the effects of poor work/life balance. Nearly 70
percent report feeling stress (compared to 58 percent of men surveyed); 54
percent report headaches (compared to 43 percent of men); 44 percent muscle
tension (vs. 34 percent of men); 44 percent weight gain (37 percent of men) and
29 percent depression, nearly the same as men.
shows that there's still a lot of work to be done when it comes to health and wellness
at work,” said Mike DiFranza, president of Captivate Network.
The study also found: Women are 33 percent unhappier than men in the
office, middle managers are 171 percent more likely than others to work
around-the-clock, professionals making between $75,000 and $100,000 are 23
percent less likely than others to balance work and personal life. Also, adults
with young children at home are 13 percent more likely than non-parents to work