work-life balance

What Will It Profit A Business Owner To Gain A Client But Lose Their Soul?

What Will It Profit A Business Owner To Gain A Client But Lose Their Soul?

UK small business owners worry more about maintaining a healthy work/life balance, than achieving a profit, according to a report by AXA PPP. Just 18% of enterprise owners surveyed revealed that the thought of operating at a loss keeps them up at night, compared to 26% who are concerned their company is having a negative impact on their personal lives. When quizzed about what gives them the most sleepless nights, respondents revealed that losing talented staff (29%) is a major concern, followed by skills shortages (24%), client demands (17%), lack of business growth (15%) and access to finance (13%). When strictly talking finance, wages was cited as the top concern with 27% identifying paying employees as their biggest cost issue, followed by access to finance (22%), operational overheads ... »

Businesses Advised to Provide “Freedom and Flexibility” to Attract Top Talent

Businesses Advised to Provide “Freedom and Flexibility” to Attract Top Talent

Small businesses are being advised to adopt a good work-life balance in their office or risk losing top talent, Robert Walters has suggested. The Robert Walters Guide to Recruitment for Small Businesses revealed that, for 88% of professionals, flexible working was an important consideration to evaluating potential employers by while 87% said they looked to work for companies which have a regular review and feedback process in place. Just 69% of the survey respondents said salary and benefits had a strong influence on whether they applied for a job – suggesting the recruitment playing field against larger corporations is more level than many small businesses think. However, this misconception appears to be a real concern for small enterprise owners with 67% of the impression that they aren&... »

Work-life Balance for Small Businesses

The work-life balance for small businesses is achievable, according to a new enquiry into flexible working, but employee and employer culture and attitudes need to change. New Year is a time for making resolutions, and many of those returning to work this week will no doubt be thinking about how they can improve their work-life balance, finds ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) as it publishes a report into flexible working. The report, entitled Flexible Working: Challenges for Business, reveals that the UK’s existing working culture needs to be challenged to enable flexible working to flourish, especially within small businesses. The report from the All-Party Parliamentary Small Business Group (APPSBG), supported by ACCA and sponsored by the Federation of Small... »

Homeworkers Still Getting Work-Life Balance Wrong

2.1 million people working from home can’t be wrong, can they? Research from BT Business suggests that of the 2.1 million home-based small businesses in the UK nearly half are not managing their work-life balance. For many people working from home is often the main answer to achieving the work-life balance and yet this survey suggets there is still much difficulty in seperating work from private life. Further to indicating these difficulties the research shows the reasons why businesses were run from home varies from region to region in the UK. In the West Midlands home-workers based their businesses from home to capitalise on lower overheads. In Scotland the main concern is simply with achieving a better work/life balance and Londoners state that finding customers is their biggest w... »