Jive survey hints the work/life balance concept is dead

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