One Third of Australian Men Struggling With Work and Life Balance
Timed to coincide with International Men’s Day, WorkScore analysed data from over 3,000 men who have completed their unique, rolling online survey.
More than 180,000 data points provided an interesting insight into how men perform at work, on a range of criteria. Most strikingly, the data suggests that one third of men fall within the low performing range with respect to work/life balance, and this sends a clear message to employers that they need to do more to ensure the wellbeing of male employees.
Performance was defined by scores for the five key WorkScore measurements – work, body, fuel, fitness and mindset Men fell into one of three clear groupings – high performing (31%), low performing (31%) and ‘middle of the road’ (38%).
Data from the highest performers confirmed earlier findings that scoring well in one domain correlates with high scores in others. Like anything, prioritising wellbeing is a habit that translates into all areas of life.
So what exactly distinguishes the behaviours and scores of high vs low performing men?
High performers sleep seven hours per night, are active five days per week (including at work) and do two to three muscle strengthening sessions per week.
They also take more full lunch breaks as well as regular short breaks during the day. Work strongly aligns to their values, they feel a greater sense of belonging and teamwork and feel that their workplace cares about their wellbeing.
On the other hand, low performing men sleep less, are far less active, eat less serves of fruit and vegetables and don’t take regular breaks at work. They have a lower sense of belonging and teamwork, rate a much lower work/life balance and are less likely to feel that their workplace cares about their wellbeing.
Overall, the high performing men rate quality of sleep as 20% higher, energy levels 24% higher and stress levels 26% lower than the low performing group. They also experience stress at work 25% less, find it 25% easier to switch off from work and are 25% more engaged in their work.
When it comes to mindset, not surprisingly the lower performing men are 40% more depressed and 33% more anxious than their high performing peers. Clearly, with a renewed focus on men’s mental health, these findings are very concerning.
Conversely, the high performers are more positive and make their wellbeing a priority, as well as feeling more able to deal with life’s problems. The high performing group also received 35% more recognition and feel a sense of achievement at work 35% more than the low performing group.
Employers who want to create an environment where men can thrive should:
Employers interested in increased workplace wellbeing should talk to WorkScore about a full wellbeing assessment of their employees to understand areas for intervention and improvement.