Go Home on Time Day highlights parents’ hunger for work-life balance
Photo: Luke van Zyl on Unsplash
The topic of work-life balance is one that often circulates in today’s work-heavy modern world – especially among parents. Researching dads specifically, fatherhood community DaddiLife recently partnered Deloitte to reveal that as more men become engaged in the day-to-day of parenting, they’re looking for job flexibility. Indeed, 63% of new fathers requested a working pattern change to accommodate family life but just 19% got it.
However, Working Families is on a crusade to wake up employers and encourage them to see sense. It hopes to accomplish this with its Go Home on Time Day, which takes place on Friday 21st June – the longest day of the year, otherwise known as the summer solstice.
So when the clock strikes 5pm (or whenever you’re supposed to leave work), get your running shoes on and make like Usain Bolt.
The work-life balance organisation conducted research with childcare group Bright Horizons and found that 86% of parents would actually like to work flexibly but just 49% do. Other findings showed that 60% of parents work extra time to stay on top of their job and, unsurprisingly after that stat, 47% feel that work prevents them from spending time with their kids.
Discussing the research, Jane van Zyl, CEO of Working Families, did note that flexible working should be available to everyone, not just parents. “More widespread, genuinely flexible, human-sized jobs will deliver benefits for both businesses and all workers,” she said. “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.”
Continuing with her wake-up call, van Zyl added: “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.”
So will you be going home on time this Friday 21st June? If anyone has a problem with it, just redirect them this piece.