23 September 2015

This is National Work Life Week, highlighting the benefits of facilitating the wellbeing and work–life balance of employees, and one of the highlights is today (23 September): Go Home on Time Day.

It recognises that 60% of workers do not currently go home on time every day while a fifth of those working longer hours do so consistently. Even though this impinges on their family time, more than half (58%) of working parents say that working late is the only way to deal with their workload.

The charity Working Families has called on employers, families and individuals to use Go Home on Time Day to take stock of work–life balance and to think again about the long hours culture that encourages late working.

This is particularly affects men in the 36 to 45 year-old age bracket who are the least likely to leave work on time.

Sarah Jackson, CEO of Working Families, said: "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."

Details of National Work Life Week can be found here with employers urged to engage with their employees through a range of activities which focus on the work–life balance issue.

Working Families has marked the Week by publishing its annual list of Top Employers for Working Families with American Express, Barclays Bank and Centrica leading the way.