New Zealanders' work-life balance is higher than the global average even as employees work harder and are more productive than two years ago, says flexible workplace provider Regus.
New Zealand employee's work-life balance was 126 points topping the global average of 124 points, according to the Regus work-balance index.
The index demonstrated a connection between good work-life balance and employee productivity with 48 per cent of kiwi employees working harder than two years ago. Workers said they'd taken on additional duties since the global financial crisis.
"The results indicate that New Zealanders are working harder than two years ago and are spending more time at work," William Willems, Regus Regional Vice President South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand said in a statement. "Despite this increase in time and energy, New Zealanders still enjoy a better work-life balance which is higher than the global average."
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The survey, which polled over 16,000 business professionals worldwide, ranked New Zealanders productivity at 79 per cent. That's higher than Australia workers on 77 per cent, the US on 77 per cent and China on 73 per cent.
Kiwis were the happiest workers on 74 per cent. That's higher than workers across the Tasman on 66 per cent, in the US on 64 per cent and UK on 60 per cent.
"A good work-life balance is essential to maintain a healthy and happy life and is important to ensure the health of the New Zealand workforce to support business productivity," Willems said.