National Campaign Encourages People Across the UK to Finish Work on Time on the Longest Day of the Year
Published: 21 Jun 2019
Working Families’ Go Home on Time Day campaign highlights parents’ struggles with overwork.
21 June is Go Home on Time Day, a major campaign run by the charity Working Families that aims to start a national discussion about work-life balance and employee wellbeing.
Working Families’ research – in partnership with Bright Horizons—shows that parents across the UK struggle to take control of their time at work:
- 60% of parents have to work extra hours to keep on top of their workload
- Almost half of parents (47%) say that work gets in the way of spending time with their children
- 86% of parents want to work flexibly, but less than half (49%) actually do
While Working Families’ research focuses on parents—who face unique challenges when it comes to balancing work and care—the charity’s campaign is for anyone who wants better work-life balance.
Jane van Zyl, CEO of Working Families, said:
“Work-life balance isn’t just for parents: it’s for everyone,”
“More widespread, genuinely flexible, human-sized jobs will deliver benefits for both businesses and all workers. Working people who are burnt out and disengaged are not going to perform as well – which is bad for business, bad for the economy, and perhaps most crucially, bad for families.
“Go Home on Time Day is a chance for working people across the UK to unplug and spend time with loved ones. And it’s an opportunity for employers to consider what improvements they can make to their workplace culture to support their employees’ wellbeing. Our aim is for going home on time to be the norm, not the exception.”