Memo to workaholics: Go home on time tonight and have dinner with your familyToday is national Go Home On Time Day
| UPDATED:01:26 GMT, 26 September 2012
You”ve clocked in early to write that report, skipped lunch to finish the filing – and there’s still a pesky pile of paperwork to approve.
It seems there’s only one solution – and it’s NOT overtime.
Workers are being urged to leave the office on time today as part of a drive to highlight the damage caused to family life by the UK’s long hours culture.
Go home! Workers are being urged to leave the office on time today as part of a drive to highlight the damage caused to family life by long hours
A survey of 1,500 employees by charity Working Links found six out of ten people regularly work late, with around half blaming their firm’s ethos.
One in ten also admitted that their work/life balance has become so bad that they never find the time to sit down with their families during the week.
A study by the Office for National Statistics last year found that the average Briton works 42.7 hours a week compared to the EU average of 37.4.
Working Links, which has organised today’s Go Home On Time Day, is urging firms to encourage staff to avoid planning meetings or activities that will start within an hour of their usual finishing time, and to consider banning all business travel for the day.
Sarah Jackson, the charity’s chief executive, said: ‘We organised Go Home On Time Day to highlight the impact that long hours at work can have on family life, but more importantly to encourage people to make a conscious decision to have at least one day when they will leave work on time during the working week – not just once, but all year round.’
A spokesman for Bisto, which is sponsoring the day, said: ‘It’s encouraging to see families are sitting down for dinner together.
“But it’s important that everyone gets the opportunity to share this quality time with each other, especially as our working lives become increasingly more stressful and working hours get longer.’