Today, Wednesday 21st June, is the longest day of the year, so it’s a great day to think about your work life balance - if you had more time every day what would you do with it?
Half of parents say their work life balance is increasingly a source of stress. Studies show that 1 in 5 parents who work full time put in 5 extra weeks of unpaid work every year just by staying late or doing extra work at home.
Working Families, the UK’s leading work-life balance charity, want to start a national discussion that puts work life balance and employee wellbeing at the forefront and stresses that going home on time should be the norm, not the exception. They are campaigning for today to be #gohomeontimeday. Go Home on Time Day is an annual event designed to raise awareness of the importance of work life balance and wellbeing for both employees and employers in the UK.
Flexible Minds will be supporting their campaign as we share their vision that family-friendly and flexible workplaces benefit employees and employers alike. We agree that widespread adoption of progressive working practices support employee wellbeing and productivity meaning that families thrive and businesses prosper.
So today, on the longest day, make the effort to clock off at your regular time and use the extra daylight to focus on the "life" bit of your work life balance.
How can you 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 on 21 June and post it on Twitter or Facebook. Say ‘I’m going to #gohomeontime today to…’. And let us know what you are going to do. If you mention @workingfamuk and @FlexibleMindsSM we will retweet you.
3. Do something fun with your time! It’s the longest day – make the most of it!
For more information on Working Families #gohomeontime: https://www.workingfamilies.org.uk/news/go-home-on-time-day-2017/
For more general information about the work Working Families do and how they can support employers and employees reconcile work and home demands see their homepage: https://www.workingfamilies.org.uk/