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Survey reveals problems facing modern workers

9 September 2011 - 4:07pm

Australians are struggling to manage their work and home lives, according to a preliminary release of new survey data.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has reported that everyday workers are also facing tough times due to rises in the cost of living.

Over 41,000 workers have participated in the Working Australia Census - the largest of its kind in the country - which aims to give a voice to the concerns of the employed population.

ACTU president Ged Kearney says: "An early analysis of census data has confirmed what unions believed about the cost of living placing increasing stress on workers and their families, while the work-life balance has become more and more difficult to manage."

Employers are able to address some of these issues through business health plans for their employees.

Corporate insurance plans are able to support the health and wellbeing of the workforce, easing the financial burden of them having to pay for a policy on their own.

The potential benefits can also extend to employee retention, lower stress and increased productivity.

Workers who see that their health is of concern to their bosses are likely to feel increased job security and develop a more favourable outlook to their situation.

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