Flexibility, authority hamper work-life balance: Survey

One-half of workers say work interferes with personal life
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/03/2010

The perks associated with higher status jobs can actually make it harder for people to achieve good work-life balance, according to a University of Toronto study.

The study identified certain work-related resources and demands that are associated with an increased likelihood of work interfering with home and social activities.

Resources such as higher levels of job authority, skill, decision-making latitude and earnings, as well as demands such as interpersonal conflict, a noxious work environment, job insecurity, boring work, pressure and long hours are all associated with higher levels of interference.