Intelligent CXO Issue 13 | Page 7


UK employees want greater work-life balance but employers are missing the mark

Two-thirds of UK employees ( 66 %) feel that work-life balance is crucial in their decision to apply for a job , yet a third ( 31 %) do not currently receive one , according to new research from Lenovo and Cebr .

With over 2,000 UK employees surveyed , Lenovo ’ s Future of You report sheds light on the priorities for workers , tracking how these have changed in recent years as well as looking ahead to the future .
It found that the offer of remote work is important to over half ( 54 %) of workers today , compared to one-fifth ( 21 %) 10 years ago .
Of those who are not currently offered remote work , most ( 83 %) feel that their employer is not on track to deliver this in the next two years .
The importance of work-life balance has risen sharply . It was ranked as the eighth most important characteristic for workers 10 years ago . It is now the most important factor for employees ( 95 %).
This is closely followed by job security ( 94 %). Salary is naturally also a huge focus point for employees but nearly half ( 41 %) do not perceive their salary to be competitive .
Employees are also increasingly interested in purpose as well as profit . Working for a firm that places a focus on environmental sustainability has doubled in importance from ten years ago ( 27 %) to today ( 54 %).

Social responsibility initiatives taking hold of organisations

Social responsibility ( SR ) is a high priority for executives across companies and non-profit organisations , and serving the social good is perceived as becoming more important – even essential – for most organisations , according to a new survey by PNC Institutional Asset Management . and non-profits can make a real impact on issues like climate change and diversity , equity and inclusion through their social responsibility programmes and initiatives .

" SR initiatives have proliferated in recent years and studies have shown that investors and consumers increasingly are seeking out socially responsible companies that align with their values ," said Alistair Jessiman , Head of PNC Institutional Asset Management .
" Organisations recognise that not only is this good business and critical for continued growth , but it is also the right thing to do ."
The inaugural edition of the PNC SR survey finds , among other things , that the vast majority of executives ( 92 %) rank Corporate Social Responsibility as a priority for their organisation with twothirds ( 65 %) saying that it is a ‘ very high priority .’
The survey reveals that both non-profit and corporate leaders expect to see more SR-related policies in the workplace , with 94 % of respondents predicting that social responsibility programmes are here to stay . Most executives ( 91 %) also believe that companies
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