New survey: Recession affecting work-life balance

Balancing work and family has gotten tougher in this recession, according to a survey released Wednesday.

How do these numbers add up to you?

Thirty-eight percent of those polled said their work-life balance has gotten worse since the Great Recession started, according to a survey by polling firm StrategyOne.

Only 10 percent said it has improved, according to the survey of 1,043 Americans, including 613 who work full-time or part-time.

A vast majority of Americans (89 percent) see work-life balance as a problem, including 54 percent who said it is a “significant problem,” the survey found.

Still, 69 percent said their own balance is adequate, the survey said.

The consequences of an imbalance go beyond the workplace.

When Americans’ work-life balance is disrupted, families bear the brunt, the survey found.

Thirty-seven percent said that time with family is the first thing that suffers when work-life balance gets out of whack. Twenty-two percent said that personal time is most affected.

When asked if their company is doing enough to address the issue, 57 percent said yes and 43 percent said no.

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45 comments Add your comment

satchelbuzz

September 1st, 2010
6:55 am

There is a special place in you know where for the FDIC for what they’re doing to community banks across north Georgia in particular.

A.S.Mathew

September 1st, 2010
7:14 am

When bills are piled up, if there is no money to pay, even in the most happiest families, problem
will start. Man is not living by bread alone, but when there is a lack of bread, problems will start.
As we all have lived in such affluence, it was a blow on the face for everybody. Even the poor
people ate like the rich people of other countries, but now, any kind of food on the table is getting a
hard battle for many working class people. So, as events are advancing in this direction, more
work-life blance problem will be increasing.

dmb

September 1st, 2010
7:15 am

everyone is too scared to move. Banks are hoading money. Companies aren’t hiring and expecting remaining workers to make up for what used to be normal cycles of hiring. 10 hours is typical, then add in an hour to and and hour from with the traffic mess we have here in Atlanta. Work-sleep-work; not much else to balance out.

respondToSatchelbuzz

September 1st, 2010
7:37 am

Sorry but don’t feel sorry for the community banks..especially United Community who gives loans(2009-2010) to “friends” who don’t have jobs(NINJA) just to get homes off their liability sheet…the FDIC needs to take a good look at their “underwriting” department…

Randy

September 1st, 2010
7:41 am

This is what happens when you let welfare suckers vote. If you are on welfare you should not be allowed to vote. If you didn’t graduate high school you should not be allowed to vote. If you are not a legal resident of this country you should not be allowed to vote. People who live off the public trough keep voting in idiots who will give them more money (such as the socialist we have in office now). It’s time to clean house and vote out ALL of these idiots both Democrat and Republican and send people to Washington who have managed businesses and have had to work within the constraints of a simple thing called a budget. It’s time to kick the UN out of NY and pull out of it entirely our country spends too much money to have to play second fiddle to the likes of Iran and China and all the other jerks running that place. Replace Social Security with personal responsibility and immediately quit taking it out of peoples checks. We need to take the money we spend on the UN and use it to fund the people who were forced into social security and let the rest of the people use that money to fund their own retirement. Our country needs to quit supporting governments outside of our own and use this money at home, this is simple people quit spending our money elsewhere and keep it home. Do you think for one minute those countries care if America survives or not?Let Sean Penn support Haiti if he wants to but don’t use my tax dollars there. I don’t remember them ever sending one dollar to our country.

Heavenly creature

September 1st, 2010
7:46 am

Randy, regarding SS: what happens to all the hard working people who have paid into the system over the years if we stop it now? Do they just lose all that money? I for one have made significant contris to SS over my lifetime and am not willing to just “let that go”. There is no way to stop this system without cheating a significant number of hard working people out of their money.

Randy

September 1st, 2010
7:55 am

Heavenly creature ….simple get out of the UN which this country pays billions of $$$$$$ into. We have no business there, they never respect what our country has to say, they don’t respect our government. they don’t respect us as a people and their only use for us is our money. I say take it out, let them relocate to Haiti and get off American soil. I too have been forced to pay into SS the ponzi scheme and I too am at the age where it is too late for me. But it’s not too late for a lot of Americans to build for their future. Let the money we pay into the UN fund our retirements and let our youth build their own through investing in America.

Reality Check

September 1st, 2010
7:58 am

Here’s a crazy idea, why don’t we build things in America for Americans? If we can ground all air traffic in a matter of hours during a national crisis, surely we can close our ports to foreign imports until the country is back on it’s feet. We could have a really catchy name like the American Rescue Act (ARA). Instead of figuring out what to do with the GM plant in Doraville, how bout GM starts making cars there again? Of course all of this would have to come with an announcement from the President telling all Americans that we are going to have to band together, and sacrifice cheap prices for reasonable ones until the country begins moving forward again. I’d be interested in seeing the public reaction to a State of the Union address declaring a state of emergency, and all shoppers will now have to sacrifice a $10.00 pair of Wal Mart jeans made in Bangladesh, for a $25-$30.00 pair of Levis made in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

satchelbuzz

September 1st, 2010
7:58 am

UCB took TARP money,…they’re not one of us. Screw them too!

Mr. big

September 1st, 2010
8:02 am

imagine that, recession affecting work life balance? Who would have expected that? Let’s see making less money or not having a job is having a negative impact on life, I can’t believe it!

Randy

September 1st, 2010
8:04 am

Why is America so afraid at being looked at like we are politically incorrect? I don’t care one single bit how other countries look at us. America has always risen to the challenge of fighting other countries wars not here we are at a point at which we need to look after ourselves for a change. Immediately suspend all money going out to other welfare sucking parasite countries and keep it home and rebuild America. Quit taxing ourselves to death to support puppet regimes and use that money to make us better for a change.

That Guy

September 1st, 2010
8:27 am

Randy,

I think you’re on to something here. The spiral downward that this country of ours has been in for a generation can be traced to the ‘Political Correctness’ trend that we are now entrenched in. I, like you , agree that as long as political correctness continues to be a ‘guiding principle’ in the way that our country conducts itself in every day affairs, then we will continue to sink farther down the food chain of mediocrity. The PC agenda benefits those that leech from the system and those that continue to push the agenda for political gain. Cut off the “free” benefits to those that benefit the most and only then will we begin to see a glimmer of light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

dmb

September 1st, 2010
8:29 am

@Reality Check – part of it is labor unions not understanding that companies need to make financial decisions. If someone in Asia can do the same job for less with similar quality and satisfaction to the customer — it’s just good business. Why pay some lazy ‘merican just because he’s Union and not willing to adapt to the market. In many ways the American worker is behind in skills and technolgy. Consider that we (investors and companies) make a good profit from selling abroad. This is not USA island. Trade routes (imports and exports) have been around for hundreds of years. We have a Global Economy and it’s not going back no matter how loud you pick your banjo. I’m all for being a proud American – I gave eight years of service to our military. We close our ports – they close theirs = no one wins; American companies can’t sell goods and some will go under. We’d be closed out of markets all over the world where we could be building partnerships, jobs and profits. As for American car companies…you must not have been screwed by the poor quality they put out in the 80s. It will be a long time before I even consider buying an American piece of junk that needs service at $500 a pop just to keep it rolling down the street. They screwed themselves by screwing their customers.

Hey Randy

September 1st, 2010
8:29 am

whether you like it or not, this is a global world we live in. Did you know 80% of Coke’s sales are made outside the US? And UPS has significant international presence as well.

if we follow your suggestions to become insular:

a) we’ll lose thousands of jobs at companies like Coke and UPS.
b) we’ll leave the policing of nuclear arms to Russia and China. Taliban and Al Queda types would run rampant chasing down nuclear weapons to use on us. Do you really think the radical muslim wing will simply leave us alone?

I prefer Reality’s thoughts: we need to buy american. foreign cars, foreign oil, foreign clothes, foreign beer… etc. all of the patriotic types in our country aren’t really putting their money where their mouth is. They line up like lemmings at walmart and home depot to buy crap made in china. meanwhile, their neighbor loses his job. then people like you complain about unemployment and welfare for the guy.

JD in Hampton

September 1st, 2010
8:42 am

I agree 100 % with Randy and Reality Check…….. The country needs a swift kick in the A##, and use COMMON SENSE instead of dollars and cents. Welfare receiptients need to get drug tested, have a time limit for being on the program, and we need to stop investing in other countries mis-fortune. I don’t recall any one of our UN friends rushing to help us either financially or with equipment. Same for Katrina.

We need to start pulling back and take care of our own before rushing out to other who don’t respect us

Reality Check

September 1st, 2010
8:43 am

DMB, I don’t have a problem with profits, what I do have a problem with is importing goods that can easily be made here on U.S. soil. There isn’t one thing in my house or closet that can’t be made right here at home. And as to the 80’s cars being crap, my parents drove GM exclusively. Buick, Pontiac and Cadillac. I drive a 2010 Chevy Camaro so I guess I am somewhat biased as to my preferred transportation. I do realize that many of the American manufacturers including GM make cars in other countries, that is part of the problem as well. Back in 1965 97% of all textiles were made in the U.S., by 2007 we were down to 5%. Companies moving jobs offshore in order to make profit at the expense of the American worker and the economy doesn’t buy much support from me. I’s rather see 1,000 workers with good paying jobs taking care of business in this country for this country than 1 CEO making millions of dollars in salary and bonus simply because the books looked good last year.

cisinc

September 1st, 2010
8:50 am

I am a self employed web designer and e-marketer and have been for over a decade. In the last 2 years I have seen my work hours increase to 14 per day / 7 days a week. We’ve had to lower our prices by 40% and the result is that we increase our hours in order to make close to the same amount of money. Family life….not happening. I’m a widow with 2 daughters in college – my life is tied to this desk for the next 6 years until everyone gets out of grad school.

dmb

September 1st, 2010
8:59 am

@Reality Check – Do you shop at Wal-mart? It all boils down to economics and what the consumer is willing to pay. I believe we COULD make goods here that are of quality, but at what cost and will the customer buy that over something that is similar in quality, but less expensive. I’m right there with JD in Hampton about “Welfare receiptients need to get drug tested, have a time limit for being on the program”, but I go back to the Global Economy issue as far as investing in other country’s mis-fortune. If we don’t help out our neighbors, someone else will. They will set up shop (GB’s evil do’ers) and get bigger market share of the globe. It’s tough being top dog (if we are even still the global superpower).

U can't handle the TRUTH

September 1st, 2010
9:15 am

Randy and Reality…You guys seem like proud Americans. You also are probably the most naive. If you have worked at your job for thirty years and then you retire that money is yours (SS) not (”THE GOVT”) you deserve your money back. That is how you should enjoy your golden years whether you were a steel mill worker or a corporate manager. That is not socialism that is a return on an investment whether you wanted to make it over the years or not. As far as the UN and all that other stuff. Please realize that all these great American companies etc..lead the charge everyday toward globalization. Politics just follows the money. You guys are proud Americans but do not really understand. China can foreclose on the US tomorrow believe it or not. We are a Superpower in name only. Our bark is way more powerful than our bite in case you haven’t noticed. Do not try to blame that on the new presidnet either. Our last president made it rain on Iraq and Afghanistan and we still have instilled no more fear than than we had before and have basically pissed off the rest of the world in the process. So what do we do? we need to try diplomacy,Entrepreneurship and a number of other things. If we pull out of the UN the world will make plans and set agendas with out us ,sort of like the the offense calling the play without the QB in the huddle, can’t let that happen we are the USA . You probably will not be able to find much in your closet made in the USA not entirely. If the jacket was the zipper was made in Honduras…keep in mind fellas that Corporate Robber Barons such as Prescott Bush Carnegie,Forbes Ford….those names set this type of capitalistic economy in motion a long time ago. Socialism may not be the way to go but Capitalism has us where we are today. We may need a hybrid system of some sort. Just try to really understand what we as a country are dealing with and how we got here before just ranting……seriously

TTPB

September 1st, 2010
9:20 am

I agree with REALITY CHECK and RANDY – they may be on to something. It may seem new and radical to some folks, but it makes sense! There is too much mismanagement and “hand-holding” in this country -illegal immigrants, welfare recipients, banks, credit card companies, auto manufacturers. But I’m not sure if our government is capable of handling this financial crisis. And, by the way, I look for things made in the USA (clothes, shoes, dry goods, etc.) but I CAN’T find any -check your tags at WalMart/Target – it’s rare to find anything made exclusively in the USA. Our loyalty is being tested and I believe we should all rally around our country right now and demand quality without compromise and quantity without question. What happened to all the commitment and renewed patriotisim displayed after 9-11 ….?

U can't handle the TRUTH

September 1st, 2010
9:28 am

It went to IRAQ with Halliburton and the Cayman Islands with their bank account !

Marger

September 1st, 2010
9:34 am

I would say my work\life balance got worse. I got laid off at the beginning of the recesssion. In my old job I took the bus, and got 1 day off every two weeks for working a little extra during the week. IN my new job I commute 80 miles round trip 5 days a week, health benefits and time off are not as good in new company plus now I am on call ever 2 months.

S. McHaggis

September 1st, 2010
9:34 am

Working for less and twice as hard… the new “full time” is 32 hrs… and “understaffed” is normal… too many managers go to the payroll ax and put numbers ahead of people… God forbid that any working person should be happy today…

Crooks Rule

September 1st, 2010
9:41 am

Crooked banks, big and little created all these economic problems. These execs should be in jail.

PooPooPlatter

September 1st, 2010
9:50 am

Do you actually report news or just throw PooPoo against a wall and hope that it will stick? If I wanted a discussion forum, I’ll take to the blogs and not the AJC. Get with the times.

Wanda

September 1st, 2010
9:50 am

KEEP JOBS IN THE USA!! QUIT OUTSOURCING JOBS TO OTHER COUNTRIES!!!

Reality Check

September 1st, 2010
10:14 am

DMB, No. I don’t shop at Wal Mart. I’m 42 years old and still remember buying things from my local mom and pop shops back home, and i continue to do that whenever possible. And I agree, at this point in time, it is next to impossible to find anything that is exclusively Made in the USA. What I’m saying is that just because it’s that way now, doesn’t mean we just continue it. As to the Global Economy and companies having to compete financially, here’s a home grown scenario – Robert Nardelli is hired from GE to come to Atlanta and run Home Depot. A company that previously paid pretty decent wages and bought and sold predominately American products. His salary and options alone came to $36,000,000 per year. After 5 years, and $180,000,000, he was asked to leave. During that 5 years he he began reducing wages, workers and importing products all in the name of profits. In order to get him out of the ATL, he required an additional $200,000,000 just to leave. Total cost for Nardelli for 5 years of service – $380,000,000 dollars. In comparison, for less than Nardellis total comp, you can employee over 12,000 people at a base salary of $50,000 and throw in benefits for a total cost of $70,000 per employee. Now i ask, who do you think will have a bigger impact on the economy and the stability of the nation as a whole. 1 Bob Nardelli with his offshore accounts and tax loopholes or 12,000 productive American citizens paying taxes and buying products that are mad in this country for the benefit of the country?

AS

September 1st, 2010
10:23 am

I don’t get it. This has been the story of my life since 2007 and it just gets worse and worse every year. I look online, like now, and see that I am not alone. Many people are suffering their own degree of loss. Yet in my real world, it seems no one else around me is getting hit. The few that have gotten hit, the hit was minor and they suffered no significant loss from it. This makes it incredibly hard to explain things, broke/poverty things, to other people, especially teachers, who actually gave my child a negative conduct mark for not bringing in more school supplies – a whole new list aside from the list we had prior to the first day. My child had brought in the minimum, which was what my child alone would need, not supplies for the whole class/school. I have more than one child and school supplies, in the volume that schools now demand, can be as much as $300 or more. The public schools apparently have the socialist mentality going on as well – those who don’t complain about financial hardship have to buy supplies for between 4 to 6 students per each one of their own children (if they have 2 children they have to buy supplies in a quantity that will cover 12 students), rather than buying just the supplies needed by one’s own kids.

At least in The Great Depression, pretty much everybody was in the same boat.

Web

September 1st, 2010
10:25 am

Money isn’t God and work shouldn’t be our religion.

Chains

September 1st, 2010
10:26 am

Revolution is in the air………….

Randy I Agree

September 1st, 2010
10:28 am

I feel the same way. Take care of your home before taking care of others. Some Countries do not want our help so my tax dollars should go to help the citizens of America. I wouldn’t be so mad at paying taxes then.

WoW

September 1st, 2010
10:38 am

What “work-life” balance? If you thought life and work hours were balanced, I got a goose that lays golden eggs I want to sell you. Since the introduction of the 8-hour workday (which was SUPPOSED to divvy up the day into three, 8-hour segments – work/live/sleep), we have lived our lives caught up in a brainless, lifeless cycle. After enough years of brainwashing, folks have accepted this way of life and actually want/expect more. There will ALWAYS be a portion of our population that LIVES TO WORK! The rest (roughly 2%), will WORK TO LIVE!! Now get BACK to work!!

WoW

September 1st, 2010
10:44 am

BTW……Randy, what a wet pile of diarrhea you are…….please dig a hole and bury yourself!

dmb

September 1st, 2010
10:53 am

@Reality Check – your issue is with Stockholders and Wall Street. Stockholders want stock prices to continually increase (not reality). To do that, companies have to cut costs/workers/corners to make that happen. For someone who is preaching the virtues of Buy American you didn’t do your research on your new 2010 Camero (made in Oshawa, Canada?).

I’m starting to agree with PooPooPlatter on AJC and the new format. They made a huge mistake in getting rid of and not investing in quality reporters. It shows in the lack of good content and relevant/actual news.

middleoftheroadandtiredofit

September 1st, 2010
10:57 am

Industry and businesses make their money off consumers. Those consumers are also the investors and employees. Hard business decisions are made everyday about how to improve profits and revenue. However, industry and businesses should be accountable, as should our legislators local and federal. In tough times everyone should be made (since it is not done voluntarily) to share the effects. If the federal government must require that those above a certain income pay more in taxes that’s fair. If we have to pass a law, like one of our more successful competitors Japan has, limiting executive compensation to only 100 times their lowest paid employees’ salaries, maybe that would encourage better management and more jobs. Each of us thinks we work the hardest, are the most efficient, and if we are doing well “those” not doing well are just mooches or shirkers. Reality is that most of us are vulnerable and just a few steps away from losing everything. It doesn’t matter how smart or what a good worker you are. Right now those not being majorly impacted are lucky not better. Since the “haves” refuse to help their fellow citizens, maybe they have to be forced to until this Great Recession is over for all of us. I agree. If some affluent person wants to send a significant amount of financial aid to another country, maybe they should have to contribute an equal amount to something in this country first. If an alien, legal or illegal, sends money to their home country, they should have to contribute an equal amount to a government fund here first.

MarkRH

September 1st, 2010
11:37 am

This article was about erosion of work-life balance and comments were requested on the same, not diatribes over imports or the welfare state. So, getting back on subject….

I’ve been through five rounds of the business cycle and I’ve always worked longer hours for less at the bottom than at the top, so I’m looking forward to easier days. What’s more troubling for my personal balance is I’ve worked longer hours over the years. I’ve reached my limit with this round and will walk away if I’m pushed any further.

This walk-away limit is what defines the work-life balance equation and work hours will always seek this limit, so if something else in one’s life is more precious than working, then one must lower his walk-away limit in order to have it.

For instance, my company has been working weekends for catch-up. One person flatly refused to work this past weekend because it was his daughter’s birthday, even under threats from his boss. He barely kept his job, but most important was able to spend time with his daughter on her special day.

I wish I had set that walk-away limit in my younger days instead of missing family events and I’d still be married and be closer to my children. I’d be poorer but richer for the love of my family.

Palin fan

September 1st, 2010
11:38 am

Take it from a Mama Grizzly. These lazy bums who sucking off unemployment dollars need get off their butts and get a job. They shouldn’t be worrying about their precious work-life balance!

Reality Check

September 1st, 2010
11:43 am

DMB, I acknowledged the fact that my car is not made on U.S. soil in my previous post. And yes, i am invested in the stock market, and i enjoy profit as much as the next person. However, where I disagree is that it shouldn’t be an either or proposition. There was a time in this country, when companies re-invested their profits in the company and in the employees that contributed to the success of the company. The employees in turn bought things made right here in the U.S. By doing so, the employees helped other companies and their employees and so on and so on. In addition, the taxes paid by these companies and their employees helped build and maintain the infrastructure of the U.S., which in turn helped to employee even more employees and companies. It was a symbiotic relationship that works. Where I work, the owner of the company takes care of the employees in the form of excellent wages, fully paid benefits, rewards for doing a good job etc… In return we are loyal, productive and genuinely care about the overall success of the organization. What he does not do is surround himself with an elite group of individuals that feel 80% of the profits should be theirs regardless of the cost to the employees. When a company reduces headcount in the name of profit and continues to pay the C suite more money than the employees would make in 10 years, then there is an obvious problem.

Chas

September 1st, 2010
12:23 pm

The balnce of work vs homelife is going to get worse. The goverment is now using a section of the U.N. to look at Az. for civil rights abuse. Also the DOJ says that unions need more strength to keep the USA going—they did not say where they wish us to go.

56andtired

September 1st, 2010
12:29 pm

I am 56. I married my first husband at 25, by the old age of 28 he was killed, I was a widow with one child. I received welfare at first then I was able to get his SS. It was $194 for me and $194 for my child. I was on subsidized housing for four years. I went to technical school and worked my way off the housing my ss check was automatically cut off, my daughter’s check continued. I was making $6 an hour. It took me a year, but I saved money and was able to purchase a house. Long story short. Now I am 56, I have been working since I was 14, except a few years when I couldn’t find work. This year makes 41 years that I have paid into SS. My statement tells me that if I work until I am 62 I will get around $900 a month. The way I see it my whole life has been a great depression. Why should it be any different now? Who’s going to make my life better after I retire? I am looking for answers. The way I look at it even if I could sell my house, I wouldn’t have anywhere to go. I think that maybe SS should add all my payments up give me the cash and then I could purchase a small retirement place for myself. America sucks!!!!

Pay Attention - PA

September 1st, 2010
12:42 pm

It always amazes me how the subject matter can get so misconstrued after only a few blogs.

I thought we were talking about “work-life balance”? What the hell does outsourcing and companies chopping heads got to do with you coming home with a smile on your face, being happy to see your family and knowingly and showing your family that you not only love them, but you love what you do as a daily vocation – your job/career. If you are not enthusiastically spreading this good cheer amongst your family, then your balance is not only being challenged, but possibly compromised as well.

Therefore, in the spirit of what really isn’t a job, now becomes something that is intertwined into your life in which all the members of your family get to enjoy.

Now on the other hand, if you come through the door mad as hell everyday and screaming at everyone and kicking the dog, for the littlest thing, then you don’t have ‘balance’ and now you have a problem. Which is called a ‘job’. No job produces balance. It is a distraction.

A distraction to keep you occupied from doing what is most important in your life, and that’s spending time with your love ones. If you cannot liberate yourself from the holds of a job, then once again it becomes stressful and uneventful to coexist outside of that environment. Which ultimately means that your job becomes your life.

Now, is this what we are talking about? Or maybe the recession has now created all jobs and no one has a career anymore, eh?

Reality Check

September 1st, 2010
12:58 pm

Pay Attention. The 2 are interwined. Lack of jobs leads to unemployment or overburden of the still working leads to longer hours leads to less time with friends and family i.e. work life balance. Continued outsourcing of jobs furhter perpetuates the above mentioned analogy. Fix one and you fix the other. So not really off topic, just an expanded explaination as to cause and effect.

Pay Attention - PA

September 1st, 2010
1:36 pm

Good deal! Reality Check

Thanks. You made it very plain and clear. I respect you.

Too much work

September 1st, 2010
5:22 pm

Our company makes us work on Saturdays now for no extra pay—they can do this since the economy is so bad. If anyone doesn’t want to work they get fired and replaced with one of thousands who have applied for jobs with our company. this sucks!

Andrew

September 2nd, 2010
8:00 pm

Absolutely it has. You can review what it is like to work somewhere at http://www.cubecheck.com