Study highlights: work-life is harder worldwide

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Managing work-life is getting harder across the world – and full-time working parents are seeing their hours increase more compared to non-parents.

One-third of full-time employees globally say it has gotten more difficult to manage work/family in the last five years. The most common reasons cited are that “my salary has not increased much, but my expenses have,” which was about tied with “my responsibilities at work have increased.”  The other top reasons include increased responsibility at home, working longer hours and having children.

  • Approximately half (46%) of managers, globally, are working more than 40- hour weeks, and four in 10 say their hours have increased over the past five years.
  • Globally, younger generations are seeing their hours increase more in the last five years at a time when many are moving into management and starting families. (47% of millennial managers reported an increase in hours versus 38% for Gen X and 28% for Boomers.)
  • Of managers, full-time working parents (41%) have seen their hours increase more in the last five years than non-parents (37%).
  • Full-time employees in Germany and Japan are the most likely to indicate that it has gotten tougher to manage work-life. 
  • Countries where parents found it most difficult to manage work-life than non-parents were Germany the UK, India and the US.

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