How many of us are guilty of working through our lunch breaks and staying at work late to get the job done?! Whilst we know we need to get home, and desperately want to spend those few quality hours before bedtime with our families, the demands of work can sometimes leave us torn. Research by charity Working Families suggests that few working parents feel they’ve got the work-life balance right and so this Wednesday (24 September) is Go Home on Time Day when the charity is calling on employers, families and individuals to tackle one of the issues that causes conflict between work and family life.
According to the research, almost a quarter of working parents (23%) feel that they are torn and that work and family life are in constant conflict. Thirty five percent of parents state that their work affects their home life in a negative way
Only seventeen percent of parents leave work on time every day, slightly more (nineteen per cent) say that they can get away only half of the time or less, with fifteen percent never leaving on time. Workload pressure and culture are the main drivers of extra hours. The most common reasons for working late are workload pressure, finding time to do proper work planning and thinking and workplace culture and employer expectations.
Economic pressures on individuals and businesses may be making people feel there is no choice but to keep on working longer and longer, but the reality is that stressed-out workers are less productive. People work better when they have a sense of control over their working hours and can balance their lives properly.
Sarah Jackson, CEO of Working Families, explains:
“Going Home on Time should be the norm, not a novelty, but for many families that’s just not happening. We’re inviting people everywhere to Go Home on Time this Wednesday for a mid-week breather, see how good it feels and start making it a year-round habit.”
Come on babyworlders, we think you should join in too and make sure you’re back on time tomorrow night!!