Eight percent of respondents cited work as a major factor in the breakdown of their relationship


New research by staffing app Coople revealed that work is ruining relationships, causing arguments with partners. The survey carried out by OnePoll revealed that more than a third of Brits (35%) say that their work schedule is detrimental to their relationship with their partner.

In fact, nearly one in five (18%) say their job has caused arguments with their other half, and a depressing eight percent cite work as a major factor in the breakdown of their relationship. A further one in five (20%) report their work has led to a decline in their health and wellbeing, citing stress and depression.

Additionally, just over half (51%) of British workers say work has negatively impacted their social life and almost a third (28%) of British workers state they’ve had to work late in the office. Another 18 percent admit to responding to emails out of hours, and a further 10 percent take phone calls out of hours.

The survey also found that 54 percent of Brits value a good work/life balance in a job the most, above wages, career progression, doing something meaningful in their work or any employee benefits.

Jacques de la Bouillerie, MD of Coople, commented: “A large proportion of the population’s personal relationships are being negatively affected because of work and it’s time for a fundamental shift. Not only do these findings highlight the detrimental effects of employment without flexibility they also show that the majority of employees want a change.  

“Employers need to recognise the power behind flexible working, not only for their workforce’s morale, but also for their bottom line.”