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Work-Life Balance Has Improved for U.S. Employees

Thanks to technological advances, flexible work arrangements and emerging workplace benefits, work-life balance has improved for many working Americans over the last 30 years, according to a study commissioned by Workplace Options.

"Over the span of 3 decades, this industry has undergone an incredible evolution," said Dean Debnam, who has led Workplace Options as CEO for 25 years. "The new challenge is finding innovative and engaging ways to answer the question, 'How can I make my employees' lives better, and allow them to do their job more efficiently at the same time?'"

Key findings from the national survey, which polled 570 working Americans, include:

· 43 percent of respondents reported an increase in work-life benefits and professional development opportunities compared to their first full-time job.
· 28 percent said work-life benefits available through their employer have increased in the past five years, despite the faltering economy.
· 45 percent reported access to more flexible working arrangements compared to their first full-time job.
· 27 percent said they now have access to more assistance programs for child and elder care than they did at their first full-time job.
· 31 percent reported access to more legal and financial assistance programs.
· 43 percent said their current employers offer more personal health and wellness programs compared to the start of their careers.

The issue of balance between personal and professional responsibilities now has a more central role in employment decisions, according to Workplace Options. More than one in three survey respondents (34 percent) said they would consider leaving their current job in favor of one with more attractive work-life programs.

"The thoughts and trends reflected in this survey hold true around the world, not just in the U.S.," said Debnam. "Work-life balance is a growing global conversation that's only going to become more important in the future

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