Aaron Gouveia has worked as the Content Manager of Salary.com since 2011. Prior to that, he was an award-winning journalist at several prominent New England newspapers. Read more...
An analysis of our survey results shows interesting differences regarding work and life among categories such as income level, manner of compensation and education level.
When comparing hourly and salaried employees, hourly workers prefer to have a clearer separation of their personal and professional lives, maintain more control over that separation and feel significantly less anxious when they don’t have access to work emails/voicemail. They also fight less with their spouses.
When it comes to education level, those with high school diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and master’s all feel almost the same level of anxiety when separated from work (33%). But nearly half of all people with a PhD have to feel constantly connected, or else they feel anxious. Furthermore, only 26% of workers with doctorate degrees say they have complete control over their work/life balance, while 57% blend their personal and professional lives because they feel they have to. That’s compared to the 49% of workers with high school diplomas retaining control of work/life balance, and 35% of high school graduates who feel forced to blend work/life because of their jobs.