National work-life week takes place next week, with employees encouraged to sign up to “go home on time” day and spend more time with their families.
Charity Working Families, which runs the campaign, said: “There is a world of difference between going the extra mile from time to time and the kind of long-hours culture that gets people down. Research consistently shows that long hours at work can cause real problems for individuals and their families. On average people put in 8-9% more hours than their contracts demand, whether they are part-time or full-time. The people who put in the most extra hours are those who already have the longest contracted hours.”
Working Families will also hold its conference Smart Work. Agile Work. Flexible Work: What’s the Difference? on Tuesday 24 September, bringing together different initiatives on business effectiveness and the future of work.
The conference includes business speakers, employer awards and a keynote address by business minister Jo Swinson. It is designed to promote flexible working, explaining the differences between smart work, agile work and flexible work; offering case studies and business testimonials; and demonstrating the benefits of a flexible working approach.
In addition, the charity and sponsor Santander are providing daily podcasts on well-being, balance and high performance.