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Let’s make the most of the longest day of the year and go home on time

Published: 21 Jun 2017

Too many UK working parents are living in time poverty.

Just a third (34%) of UK working parents go home on time every day, according to a major study by the UK’s work life balance charity Working Families and Bright Horizons. Statistics from the 2017 Modern Families Index – unveiled to mark today’s Go Home on Time Day – capture an alarming picture; of working parents struggling to find time to spend with their families.  It found:

  • One in 10 UK working parents stay longer at work every day;
  • Working parents in London go home on time most often (41%); with parents in the South West going home on time least often (28%);
  • A whopping 41% of UK working parents do extra hours in the evenings or weekends, after they have gone home, all the time or often. This rises to over 60% of parents in London;
  • One in 10 UK working parents spends less than an hour with their family as a whole on a working day;
  • For two in five UK working parents, work is regularly stopping them putting their children to bed. This rises to three in five parents in London. Parents in Scotland are most likely to be there at bedtime (42%).

The charity is urging working families to take today – the longest day of the year – to do things differently and go home on time, without putting in extra hours this evening.

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

Families need time as well as money to thrive. But, these findings show that for too many families work erodes the time that they spend together. We need human sized jobs that fit in the hours allocated to them.

Today’s the longest day of the year. We’re calling on everyone to make the most of it by going home on time and spending precious hours with their families.

Denise Priest, Director of Employer Partnerships, Bright Horizons, said:

Work in the modern era is constantly bumping up against personal lives.  Research shows us that employees seek and value employers who support family and work fitting together, and who truly care about the effects of work demands on families.

Notes:

Go Home on Time Day being held on Wednesday 21 June, 2017, the longest day of the year.

At Working Families, we believe that families in the UK need time as well as money to thrive and that business success is about productivity, not impressive timesheets.

This thinking led us to create Go Home on Time Day, an annual event designed to raise awareness of the importance of work life balance to both employees and employers in the UK.

How can people take part?

  1. Sign up to Working Families’ Facebook event and pledge to #gohomeontime
  2. Take a picture of your watch or clock as you leave work today – and post it on Twitter and Facebook saying, ‘@workingfamuk I’m going to #gohomeontime today to…’.
  3. Do something fun with your time! It’s the longest day – make the most of it! Let Working Families know what you are doing.