Kiwis urged to maintain work-life balance

  • 18/01/2017
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New Zealand ranked 28 of 38 in an international study (File)

Workplace support group Diversity Works New Zealand is reminding Kiwis to make sure their job does not take over their life in 2017.

With most Kiwis back at work for 2017, the group's chief executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie says it's critical to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Those that do not often end up resenting their jobs, she said.

"Holidays are a fantastic reminder of the things we love to do, whether that's spending time with friends and family, travelling or leisure activities," she said.

"Too often we start the year determined to carve out more time in our lives for the things that are important to us but slip back into allowing work to take over a few months down the track."

The group said New Zealand ranked lowly in an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development study of work-life balance, coming 28th out of the 38 nations surveyed.

That put the country ahead of Australia and the United States but behind many European nations.

But Ms Cassidy-Mackenzie said this score could be greatly improved if employers and employees embraced flexible work practices.

She said the ability for flexible practices to provide benefits, such as improved productivity and focus, and increased staff loyalty and commitment, were well documented.

She said allowing staff to work at home or parents to escape early one afternoon a week to take their child to a sports event could work wonders for morale.

"[It] might be the difference between a conflicted parent and a contented parent with more focus for their work," she said.