Data finds HR employees have good work-life balance

Human resources employees have reported one of the highest scores for work-life balance, according to figures on job review website Glassdoor.

A survey of how staff rate their employers on Glassdoor, conducted on behalf of digital marketing agency Reboot Digital PR, revealed that the information technology sector (IT) has the highest ratings for work-life balance, followed by business services, which includes HR. In third place was the education sector, with the TV broadcasting, and advertising and marketing industries ranked fourth.

IT companies scored a top rating of 3.95 out of 5, on average, for their work-life balance ratings and also showed the highest overall ratings for career opportunities (3.76/5), compensation and benefits (3.73/5), culture and values (3.97/5), diversity and inclusion (3.98/5) and senior management (3.76/5).

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The business services sector, including those in HR, staffing and outsourcing, consulting and architectural and engineering service industries, ranked in second position for work-life balance, scoring a 3.78 rating out of five and in fourth position for compensation and benefits, scoring 3.59.

In third place for work-life balance was the education sector, which scored 3.77, with the media industries coming in at 3.75. In terms of compensation and benefits, these two sectors were ranked eleventh at 3.45 and twelfth at 3.44 respectively.

Reboot Digital PR office and wellness coordinator Chloe Cobey-Mead, commented that there were certain measures staff can take to maintain a healthy work and life balance.

“Prioritise your time to prevent feeling overwhelmed during the working day or feeling the need to work extra hours to complete tasks. Have set working hours, as this helps maintain a consistent daily routine,” she said.

The temptation to check work emails on the weekend or after work hours can be hard to resist, but Cobey-Mead added that people should avoid doing so as this gives no break between work and personal time, and can lead to unnecessary stress.