Survey: 25% of employees think they have ‘excellent’ work-life balance

New research shows 25% of employees think they have “excellent” work-life balance and 26% “of business leaders” say work-life balance falls on the worker.

Prior research has found that 38% of working parents say they’ve missed a child’s major event over the past year, but separate data shows that a slice of American workers think they’re doing very well at having a life outside of the office.

New research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows that 25% of employees think they have “excellent” work-life balance. One survey also showed that found that 26% of “business leaders” said that accessing work-life balance mostly falls on the worker.

Independent research firms polled “more than 2,800 workers in 28 U.S. markets and more than 5,500 U.S. leaders across a variety of professional fields.” Robert Half came up with the surveys.

These cities are the greatest for work-life balance

Here’s what the infographic shows, according to more than 2,800 American employees:

  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Houston
  • Miami
  • New York

Another survey showed that 39% of workers think it’s up to their employer to help them reach this goal.

These states are the worst for work-life balance

Here’s how more than 2,800 American employees weighed in, according to the infographic.

  • San Diego
  • Denver
  • Nashville
  • Atlanta
  • Cincinnati
  • Raleigh

Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half, commented on the research in a statement.

“When employees can enjoy their personal lives alongside work responsibilities, they are happier and less stressed and bring their best efforts to the job,” he said.

The quality of Americans’ work-life balance

Even though 25% of “professionals” said they had “excellent” work-life balance, 29% were men and 23% were women. Those in the 18-34 age group were the most likely to agree, at 33%.

While 49% of them said they had “good” work-life balance, 49% were women and 49% were men. Fifty-two percent of those in the age 35-54 category said theirs was “good,” the highest percentage of any age group.

Just 22% overall said that theirs was “fair.” But on the opposite end of the spectrum, a slim 3% described their work-life balance as “poor.”

Robert Half noted on the infographic that because of rounding, “some responses” don’t add up to 100%.

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.