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Which gender is more likely to compromise for work-life balance?

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If you thought women would always prioritise their personal lives over their careers, you might be in for a surprise.

Interestingly, as maintaining a work-life balance fast becomes a myth, it is men, rather than women, who are more willing to make career-related sacrifices.

New research from EY found one third of full-time workers believe that managing work-life has become more difficult in the last five years.

The online survey of 9,700 full-time workers in countries such as China and India highlighted 46% of managers globally are working more than 40- hour weeks, and four in 10 say their hours have increased over the past five years. 

“Surprisingly, men (in the US) are more willing to make sacrifices to better manage work and family than women,” the report stated.

“Men are more likely to have changed jobs or careers, or said they would be willing to do so, than women.”

It added men were also more likely to give up a promotion, “move my family to another location to better manage work/family,” move to be closer to family, and take a pay cut.

Millennials were found to be the group of employees most likely to make these sacrifices.

In fact, 54% of full-time employees in the US have – or would be willing to – give up an opportunity for a promotion.

“Millennial parents who are full-time employees in the US are facing increased responsibilities at work and home, such as moving into management and having children before age 30,” the report stated.

“They are increasing their work hours after becoming parents more than older generations and so are their partners/spouses. They are seeing more of a backlash in working flexibly than older generations.”



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