Our fathers would have laughed at the concept of work-life balance, but the days of 70-hour work weeks are so 1990s. Now, companies realize that employees burn out quickly if their lives are consumed by their jobs, and a well-rounded worker is a happy worker. In an effort to recognize companies that really get it right, Glassdoor.com polled employees and came up with the top 25 companies offering the best balance between work and personal life.
The top five companies in this category, according to employees, include: Nestle Purina Petcare, MITRE, SAS Institute, FactSet and United Space Alliance. Why was Nestle Purina Petcare rated so high in work-life balance?
Employees said that they appreciate perks like the company store, gym, on-site daycare and credit union, as well as the freedom to bring their pets to work. Employees also commented on the flexible work schedules and managements' understanding of non-company related obligations. Nestle Purina Petcare received the highest work-life balance rating (4.6 on a 5-point scale) from its employees over the past year.
"At Nestle Purina, we recognize the importance that work-life balance plays in our associates' satisfaction at work. This is why we have placed such a strong emphasis on providing amenities and resources to help our associates achieve a healthy balance, a factor that we feel contributes to the organization's high performing culture," said Nestle Purina Petcare CEO W. Patrick McGinnis.
"As technology has made it easier to work remote and the lines around the 9-to-5 workday have blurred, we feel it's important to highlight those companies that recognize employees' needs beyond the demands of their jobs. This list from Glassdoor honors those companies where employees feel work-life balance is encouraged and valued," said Robert Hohman, co-founder and CEO of Glassdoor.
Here's a list of the Glassdoor 2011 top 25 companies for work-life balance:
- Nestle Purina PetCare
- SAS Institute
- United Space Alliance
- Slalom Consulting
- Susquehanna International Group
- Mentor Graphics
- Agilent Technologies
- Turner Broadcasting
- Southwest Airlines
- General Mills
- Biogen Idec
- MTV Networks
- National Instruments
It's nice to note that even in the wake of the economic downturn and significant job reductions, the majority of employees (54 percent) report good work-life balance while 43 percent wish they had better work-life balance, according to the survey conducted by Harris Interactive.
It measured how satisfied employees are with senior leaderships' support and understanding for balancing work life and personal life, and for how flexible employers are in giving employees the time off they need to handle everything from car maintenance to home-life issues.