Indonesians concerned about work-life balance: Survey
A recent survey reports that Indonesians are concerned about the fact that they spend too much time in their workplaces and have less time for friends and family.
Nielsen Indonesia released its third quarter consumer survey on Wednesday, saying that a happy balance between work and home was the biggest concern of Indonesians after financial stability.
“What is interesting is that the work-life balance is the second concern for Indonesians, whereas in Asia Pacific countries it only ranks fourth,” Nielsen Indonesia managing director Catherine Eddy told reporters during the press briefing in Jakarta.
The Nielsen survey, which involved 500 respondents through online interviews, showed that 24 percent of them perceived that balancing work and their personal social life was their main concern. The survey reported that 31 percent of the respondents said that their economic situation was their most important concern.
Eddy said that the high degree of concern for the work-life balance among Indonesians was attributed to the culture of the country, whose people value highly the moments they spend with their family, relatives and friends.
Based on the interviews, there was also a tendency among the respondents to believe that their jobs were often more stressful. “Employers [in Indonesia] have to respond [to the survey] by providing more flexible working hours for their employees,” she suggested.
Despite the concerns, Indonesia retains its position as the most confident country in the world among 58 countries surveyed by Nielsen, thanks to its economic resilience stemming from its robust domestic consumption.
Indonesia’s consumer index was measured at 119 in the third quarter, according to Nielsen. Consumers are considered optimistic if the index is above 100 and pessimistic if it is below 100. (sat)