Written by Thomas Wilkinson
CEO, AXA - Global Healthcare.
Our research suggests that for many expats, the way in which they spend their downtime has more impact on their work-life balance than the prospect of working shorter hours.
Research* by AXA – Global Healthcare reveals that nearly half (46%) of expats feel their work-life balance is better than in their home country , despite only a fifth (22%) of those claiming to work shorter hours since moving abroad.
Indeed, despite a third (34%) of all expats surveyed working between 40 and 45 hours per week and nearly a quarter (22%) claiming to work in excess of 46 hours per week, a fifth (21%) would say that they actually moved abroad specifically for a better work-life balance.
It would appear, therefore, that shorter working hours are not crucial to an expats’ improved work-life balance. Instead, a range of alternative reasons were cited, with the most common including having better leisure opportunities (35%), more disposable income (32%) and an easier commute (31%). A third (32%) also said that they are able to spend more time with their family.