01:07pm Thursday 17 October 2019

Generation X most affected by work-life pinch

Generation X men have the worst work-life outcomes compared to other menThe report from the University of South Australia’s Centre for Work + Life shows Generation X men work the longest hours – sometimes involuntarily – and many would prefer to work around half a day less than they currently do.
The report, authored by researchers Professor Barbara Pocock, Dr Natalie Skinner and Sandra Pisaniello, also found no signs that Generations X and Y are lazier than their Baby Boomer colleagues.
Professor Pocock says Generations X and Y do not appear to be any less interested in work than Baby Boomers, despite populist generalisations along these lines.
“Our data does not provide evidence of new generations of workers in their 20s or 30s who are any less serious about work than Baby Boomers.
“More workers from these younger generations are affected by some kinds of work-life interference because of their longer hours and life-stage of family formation and child rearing.
“The fact that Generation X men have the worst work-life outcomes compared to other men is not surprising given that they work the longest hours – around 45 hours per week on average. Nearly half (47.8 per cent) of Gen X men would prefer to work fewer hours, and nearly 40 per cent of Gen X women would like to join them.”
The report found that across the generations, for both men and women, there is little evidence of an appetite to increase working hours.
Dr Skinner says the majority of workers in each generation are either satisfied with their work hours or would prefer to work less.
“While Generation X workers are most likely to prefer a reduction in work hours, Baby Boomers would also prefer to work less, with 41 per cent of men and 34.4 per cent of women in this generation saying they would like to reduce their work hours by half a day or more,” she says.
“Gen X, Y and Baby Boomers share a common preference for a 35 hour week.”

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