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Flexibility defines Work-Life Balance in Digital Age: 75% of Swiss Employees Satisfied with Work-Life Balance

Zurich, 18. October 2018 - According to the PageGroup Working Life Study, 75% of Swiss-based employees are satisfied with their work-life balance. 44% expect it to improve over the next 12 months according to the quarterly PageGroup Confidence Index (Q3, 2018) published at the same time.

The Working Life Study shows, that with increasing overlap of work and personal activities, having control is a key driver in work life satisfaction. Control is defined as having flexible working conditions with the ability to work remotely on a regular basis, supported with effective technology such as laptops and mobile phones. Due to dampened expectations about salary levels and the ability to quickly find a new job, work-life balance has become increasingly important to employees. Expectations about increased salary levels have remained steady since the index began at the end of 2014, with 55% of Swiss-based employees expecting no salary increases over the next 12 months. Employees’ confidence about finding a job within 3 months has reached a two-year low – 44% (Q3 2018) compared with 53% (Q3 2016).

Increasing blurring of personal and work-related activities

The Working Life Study identified increasing blurring of personal and work-related activities. More than two thirds of employees worked outside of official working hours – in one form or another. Conversely, 95% undertook some form of personal communications during working hours with the majority (78%) taking 30 minutes or less on these activities. 64% had some form of social contact with their colleagues outside of work and 44% had contact with their manager outside of work. Such activities included messaging and phoning about non-work related matters and meeting up after work, for example to socialize or play sport.

Work Life Burring Table 

Taking work outside of the office


Proportion of Swiss-based employees that...

  • Work remotely once a month or more


  • Work remotely outside official hours


  • Work in the evening


  • Work in on weekends


  • Check emails outside of official working hours


  • Answer calls outside of official working hours


Handling personal matters during working hours


Proportion of Swiss-based employees that...

  • Talk with colleagues about personal matters, not related to their job


  • Communicate with family/friends by chat / messaging


  • Make calls for personal reasons (organise appointments, medical visits, ...)


  • Search information for personal reasons


  • Call their family/friends


  • Send personal emails from your personal email account


  • Check social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.)


  • Send personal emails from your professional email account



According to Jérôme Bouin, Managing Director of PageGroup Switzerland, “Work-life balance is about more than just hours. It increasingly means work-life integration e.g. allowing employees to control when and where they work but also to enjoy their time spent in the office and with their colleagues. Employers who provide such flexibility will have a clear advantage in attracting and retaining talent”.



PageGroup is a worldwide leader in specialist recruitment which is listed on the London Stock Exchange (Stock Symbol: PAGE). Founded in 1976, it has been active in Switzerland since 2001 and operates through three key brands: Page Executive (executive search), Michael Page (middle to senior management) and Page Personnel (graduate and skilled employees). PageGroup has 152 offices worldwide including its’ three Swiss offices in Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne.

PageGroup Working Life Study

The PageGroup Working Life Study was conducted, via an online questionnaire, in Q3 2018 amongst over 300 Swiss-based job seekers, employees and managers. Further information can be found at

PageGroup Confidence Index

The PageGroup Confidence Index polls job applicants to identify their outlook regarding the labor market. This index covers only those candidates who actively applied for a job through Michael Page and Page Personnel websites. Initiated in Switzerland in July 2014, the now global study is conducted online and investigates the motivations of job applicants for changing jobs, their confidence in finding a new job and their expectations about the length of their job search. The survey covers approximately 18,000 questionnaires per quarter worldwide, more than 650 in Switzerland. An interactive infographic and more details can be found under

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