Jive survey hints the work/life balance concept is dead

Jive survey hints the work/life balance concept is dead

Summary: Think you're having trouble managing your work priorities with your personal life? It's not just you.


Managing a work-life balance is a tricky thing -- so tricky in fact that it might not even be relevant anymore.

With the purveyance of social media into virtually every aspect of our lives along with the proliferation of personal mobile devices in the workplace, is there even a boundary between work and personal lives?

That's just the question that Jive Software asked in its latest survey. Being a social business platform provider, it's a no brainer that Jive would be interested in finding out what is left of the work/life balance concept.

The simple answer is that the lines have been blurred.

Jive commissioned Harris Interactive to hone in on opinions of adults 18 and over across the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia between July 16 and July 18.

When taken together, 91.3 percent of employed adults in these three nations admitted to working during personal time.


A quick response might be that these guys just need to take a vacation, but that's just a band-aid on the problem considering that half of U.S. workers still conduct work while on break. The same goes for 51 percent of Australians.

The problem is getting worse in the United States as researchers found that the number of Americans actually utilizing their vacation time had dropped from 88 percent as of March 2013 to 85 percent as of last month.

Obviously, there are a lot of contributing factors at play here, and while work cultures in these countries are influential, each person has their own reasons and priorities too.

But researchers still attributed the rise in the use of personal electronic devices for work purposes, despite company BYOD policies, as a "likely culprit for for the blurring of work and personal time."

Nathan Rawlins, vice president of product marketing at Jive, remarked in the report, "Employees around the globe are spending far too much time on unproductive work: sitting through unnecessary meetings, wading through endless email, and constantly searching for long-lost documents—leading to more people doing their actual jobs on off hour.

It's possible that most activities conducted on these devices are just mindless and done out of habit. Regardless, they are detrimental to any kind of work/life balance.

Infographics via Jive Software

Topics: Enterprise 2.0, Collaboration, IT Priorities, Tech Industry, Social Enterprise

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  • I am in my first day...

    ... of a week and half holiday/vacation and still checking the emails and responding to them - even though I set the auto reply! Actually, as a matter of fact I have updated technical architect document that the Developers, who are working on the implementation, will use in order to know what methods to create and which interfaces to call.

    I don't get why I do not stay out away from my work mobile. Then again, the emails would trick through my own tablet. This is strange.
    • Who cares

      What is more strange that you think anyone cares.
  • Oh, good grief. Go talk to a farmer

    or a rancher and whine about balancing your personal and work life. Just be ready to get laughed to scorn.
    • Apples/Oranges

      Not sure why you're suggesting that all work is the same. Sure, farmers/ranchers put in long hours, but a lot of it is purely physical/rote labor and deadlines are typically measured in months, not days. It's a lifestyle choice - nothing inherently better or worse except by individual standards.

      If everyone could be do it, we'd all be rocket surgeons. ;)
  • Work life balance

    Some of us chose our work because we like it. Some vacations I long to get back to work, not the other way around.