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SPLITTERS VS. BLENDERS?


DYK: Employees fall into two working categories: Blenders and Splitters. In this newsletter we are breaking down the differences between the two, how to manage both groups and how understanding this difference can improve employee burnout.

 
HOW EMPLOYEES' WORK STYLE CAN INFLUENCE THE WORKPLACE

"Different employees have different work styles. Some like to find a “work-life harmony” – focused less on creating an equal balance between work and life, these workers try to find a harmonious relationship between work and life. And those who do like to focus on a “work-life balance” have strict boundaries on separating their personal life and their work life.



But did you know, according to a recent study by Gallup, that workers generally fit into two categories? The two categories, splitters and blenders, approach work in different ways, and therefore can influence workplace culture and productivity. Here’s how to manage both types of workers and accommodate their different styles." Learn more


SPLITTERS AND BLENDERS

"Consider how you might answer this question: In your best life imaginable, would you prefer a job that is 9 to 5 where work and life are separated, or one where work and life are more blended throughout the day?

Those who choose the former are work-life splitters and those who choose the latter are work-life blenders. Among workers in the U.S., there is a dead-even, 50-50 split between the two preferences. That seems surprising given the massive increase in hybrid work, where work and life are more blended than ever for most jobs. As organizations are deciding when and where people work, it is imperative they know which of their employees are splitters and which are blenders. Imagine managing someone and not knowing which type of employee they are." Learn more


KNOWING EMPLOYEES' WORKING TYPES CAN HELP PREVENT BURNOUT

"Flexibility may be an effective recruitment tool for employers, and not just because employees enjoy working from home.


For instance, in an IWG survey of HR professionals published last month, 55% said their organizations were using hybrid work to address workers’ child care concerns, and 47% were using the model to improve work-life balance and address workers’ mental health issues. But most respondents also saw the value of in-person work, stating that they believed in a correlation between the number of days employees spent in office and their productivity and wellness. That approach may be to the benefit of employers, according to a recent Gallup report. The research and polling company’s Q3 2022 poll asked a random survey of nearly 16,000 U.S. full-time and part-time employees in the U.S. about their work-life balance preferences, prompting them to choose between a 9-to-5 job in which work and life were separated and one in which the two were blended throughout the day.

In the end, Gallup found a “dead-even, 50-50 split between the two preferences,” Jim Harter, chief scientist for the company’s workplace management practice, wrote in an analysis of the survey data." Learn More

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