Going home on time shouldn't be a novelty, but the norm says Working Families


Today is ‘Go Home on Time Day’ – when employees up and down the country are encouraged to leave the office on-time and have a better work-life balance.

Organised by Working Families, the day is designed to draw attention to Britain’s continued long-hours working culture.

According to Working Families 60% of staff do not go home on time every day, with 22% of workers persistently working long hours.

Men aged 36-45 are least likely to leave on time, and the result of continued long hours is that 40% of staff say work negatively impinges on their family time.

Sarah Jackson, CEO of Working Families said: “‘Going home on time should be the norm, not a novelty, but for many families that’s just not happening.”

She added: “We’re inviting people everywhere to Go Home on Time for a mid-week breather, to see how good it feels and start making it a year-round habit.”

Working Families is inviting people to tweet where they are (instead of at work), using #wherewillyoube.

It finds nearly half (49%) of employees say the main reason they stay late at work is due to the employer’s work culture, while 43% say their employer expects it.