Can you have it all? Execs, managers say ‘yes’ but …

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Most men and women managers and executives surveyed for the consulting firm Accenture believe you can have it all – but maybe not at the same time.

The “all” is a successful career and a full life outside of work. The survey of 4,100 people in 33 countries found two-thirds believe it’s possible. Most of them, 56 percent, said a career is successful when you can balance both work and outside life, such as a family.

Fifty-percent, however, say you can’t have it all at the same time. “More than half (52 percent) say they have turned down a job due to concerns about its impact on work-life balance,” the survey said.

Only 46 percent said they measure success by the amount of money they make.

The keys to striking that work-life balance is technology and flexible work schedules, the respondents said. “Eighty  percent report that having flexibility in their work schedule is extremely or very important to work-life balance. The majority, however, also say technology brings work into their outside lives.

The survey, which had a margin of error of 2 percentage points and was conducted November 2012, also found:

* 53 percent of women and 50 percent of men say they are satisfied with their jobs and are not looking for new opportunities. Most have been with their companies for more than four years.

* Three-quarters say they work frequently or occasionally on their paid time off, checking email, catching up on work, or working in a distraction-free environment.

4 comments Add your comment


March 6th, 2013
12:08 am

Anyone else here that is in need of a STRONG DRINK, besides ME!

Can you say…”TOOL” ?

Independent voter

March 6th, 2013
7:04 am

the Great Recession should have created an environment of good old fashioned ” work ethic ” that has been lost in the last decade….. too much of this ” work life balance “… a great career is your life !!!!! too many folks not willing to travel.. relocate.. retrain.. put in extra time… get to work folks !!!!


March 6th, 2013
12:00 pm

“The majority, however, also say technology brings work into their outside lives.”

In plain English if your employer and employees can yank your electronic leash 24/7, which is now the reality for many managers and execs, then you’re never really off the clock and you have no outside life.

Angel Jerome

March 8th, 2013
3:41 pm

Good post. I’m facing some of these issues as well..