Eagle Hill Consulting Survey Finds That Work-life Balance is the Most Important Factor in Job Satisfaction

Arlington, Va. – Nearly two thirds (64%) of 389 professionals (64%) agreed: work-life balance is the most important factor for defining overall job satisfaction, ahead of both job security (59%) and compensation (54%), according to a new Washington DC area survey from Eagle Hill Consulting.

Most of all, employees indicated that they will stay (or leave) for their work-life balance. Not only did our DC-area survey respondents list work-life balance as their top consideration, they also identified poor work-life balance as the number one element that would make them leave their current company—also above compensation. 


opinions_charts01Work-life Balance Matters: Over 56% of employees who reported poor work-life balance said they are likely to leave their jobs this year, whereas only 20% of those with positive work-life balance planned to switch employers.

Source: Eagle Hill Consulting online survey

In other words: poor work-life balance leads to attrition. In fact, the Eagle Hill study shows that among millennials (those workers under age 35), 89% of those who reported poor work-life balance also said they were likely to leave their jobs this year! And as we know, there are significant costs associated with attrition and high employee turnover, including lost productivity, organizational knowledge, intellectual capital, as well as the costs of hiring, onboarding, and training a new employee. 

“As employees feel strongly about work-life balance, it will positively or negatively impact engagement, productivity, and retention for organizations”, said Melissa Jezior, President and CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting.  “As employees feel their contributions, time, and lives are valued, they are more likely to be engaged in their work. And as a result, their productivity will increase—impacting your performance and bottom line.”


The online survey included 389 full-time professionals across multiple industries in the D.C. metro area. The employee satisfaction survey polled respondents on work-life balance, career success, and overall satisfaction with their current job and employer. The survey was conducted through SurveyMonkey in May 2014. 

About Eagle Hill Consulting Eagle Hill provides management consulting services in the areas of business strategy, organizational transformation, human capital transformation, process improvement, program management, and change management. Eagle Hill works with a range of public, private, and non-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Eagle Hill has been recognized by the Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian Magazine as a great place to work. More information at www.eaglehillconsulting.com