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Time-poor working parents encouraged to ‘go home on time’ on longest day of the year

Published: 21 Jun 2018

Figures show workload strain for working parents 

Over-worked parents are being encouraged to ‘go home on time’ today and make the most of the longest day of the year with their family instead of putting in extra hours at their desks. 

Figures from work life balance charity, Working Families, and Bright Horizons, show only a third (35%) of working parents said they manged to go home on time every day. Another third said they went home on time only half the time, or even less frequently (1). 

What’s more, 42% said they don’t stop when they leave work as they do more hours at home in the evening or at the weekend. This happens often or all the time. 

A total of 40% of parents working full-time (35-36 hours a week) work extra hours, according to the figures. Of those, almost a third put in seven extra hours each week, the equivalent of an extra working day. 

Even among parents who work part time (25 hours a week), more than a third (34%) work extra hours. Of those, 30 per cent put in enough extra hours to qualify as fulltime (around 35 hours a week). 

Workload is the main issue for working parents with nearly two thirds (63%) stating this was the reason they stayed late. 

Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families, said:

We’re encouraging parents to make the most of the longest day by going home on time and spending quality time with their family. 

It’s also an opportunity for parents to reflect on their own work life balance and think about small changes – or big ones – they could make for lasting improvements. 

While employers and the Government have big roles to play in changing the culture of our work places, parents can help by letting employers know what they need, helping ‘normalise’ the desire for more family friendly and flexible ways of working.  

Going home on time is something we should all feel able to do, not just today but every day.” 

The figures also showed: 

  • Nearly half (47%) said it negatively impacted their ability to spend time together as a family. 
  • A total of 39% of working parents said work got in the way of saying goodnight to their children. 

Make sure you #gohomeontime today too. If you mention @workingfamuk on Twitter, we will be sure to retweet you. 

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  1. All figures taken from the Modern Families Index, published by Working Families and Bright Horizons. The Index provides a snapshot into the lives of working families from across the UK. It was completed by 2,761 parents across the UK in 2017. Responses were gathered online across 11 regions, with 250 responses from each region. To take part respondents needed to be in paid employment (full or part time) or self-employed, and to have a dependent child aged 13 or under who lives with them some or all of the time. The survey had an almost equal number of respondents by gender. No selection criteria were attached to relationship status, allowing both couple and single parent households to complete the questionnaire.