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36% of professionals polled would happily trade 35% of their current salaries for an improved work life balance

Is work-life balance worth a pay cut? (Source: Max Pixel)
Is work-life balance worth a pay cut? (Source: Max Pixel)
A recent poll conducted on the professional's forum site Blind found that 36% of workers at companies such as Microsoft, Google and Oracle would accept 65% of their current pay-checks in exchange for more parity between their work and personal lives. The respondents in favor of this concept cited advantages such as improved mental and physical health and familial relationships.
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Blind, a website that allows employees from companies in the tech, fintech, services and sales industries to express their opinions on working for the same anonymously has released the results of a survey conducted thereon about work life balances (WLB). This concept has come to the forefront since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant wholesale shift towards remote working.

Accordingly, many normally office-bound workers may be finding it harder, if anything, to maintain anything like a WLB. The relevant Blind poll found that 36% of its 6954 respondents would trade 35% of their current salaries in order to improve theirs.

When broken down by company, those least receptive of this idea worked at Goldman Sachs (19%), whereas 53% of those at Bloomberg would apparently welcome it. The prospect also met with positive responses at Snapchat (50%); IBM (42%); Amazon (36%) and Microsoft (34%). Then again, those working for Apple (32%); Qualcomm (31%); Google (28%) and NVIDIA (27%) seemed a little happier with where their WLB was at present.

The 377 comments spawned by the poll norminated some specific downsides to poor WLB. For example, one respondent who claimed to work for Uber pointed out that it can lead to increased expenses, particularly if one needs to cover their own take-out food rather than groceries, not to mention the risk of increased medical expenses as a result of the stress of limited personal or family time.

On the other hand, this poll's results represented a tiny percentage of Blind's claimed 3.6 million user-base. In addition, there were some dissenters in the same thread; one Oracle worker asserted they would happily take double their current paycheck in exchange for worse WLB.

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 4233 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08-18 (Update: 2020-08-18)