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Study: work-life challenges across generations

Millennials and parents hit hardest

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Our global survey of full-time workers in 8 countries finds that one third say that managing work-life has become more difficult, with younger generations and parents hit hardest.

Knowing that millennials and parents are under increasing pressure, we wanted to understand what employees seek in a job — why they quit, why they stay and how this differs by generation.

To learn more, we surveyed approximately 9700 adults aged 18-67 who are full time employed across a variety of companies in the US, UK, India, Japan, China, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

We learned:

  • Work-life balance is harder worldwide. 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.
  • Why people are quitting their Jobs. The top five reasons people quit their jobs are: minimal wage growth, lack of opportunity to advance, excessive overtime hours, a work environment that does not encourage teamwork and a boss that doesn’t allow you to work flexibly.
  • People want flexibility. Being able to work flexibly and still be on track for promotion is very important.
  • Managing work and family responsibilities for US Millennials is proving difficult. Millennials (78%) are almost twice as likely to have a spouse/partner working at least full-time than Boomers (47%). Consequently, “Finding time for me” is the most prevalent challenge faced by millennial parents who are managers in the US (76%) followed by “getting enough sleep” and “managing personal and professional life” (67%).

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online, by Harris Poll on behalf of EY, within the United States between November 20, 2014, and January 14, 2015, among 9699 adults aged 18–67 who are full-time employed across a variety of companies in the U.S., U.K., India, Japan, China, Germany, Mexico and Brazil. Roughly 1200 each were surveyed in US (n=1208), UK (n=1202), Germany (n=1209), India (n=1219), Brazil (n=1208), Mexico (n=1206), Japan (n=1228), and China (n=1219).
For each country, the respondents included: 400 from Gen Y (18 — 33); 400 from Gen X (34 — 49); 400 from Baby Boomers (50 — 68). This includes 100 parents/non-managers, 100 parents/managers, 100 non-parents/non-managers and 100 non-parents/managers.