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“Sorry honey, I’ve got to work late again” – 1 in 5 Brits say working late has caused arguments with their partner

New research today commissioned by Europe’s leading on-demand staffing app, Coople, reveals that working late is ruining relationships, causing arguments with partners and even taking a toll on sex lives.

The survey carried out by OnePoll with 2,000 working people in the UK revealed that more than a third of Brits (35 per cent) say that their work schedule is detrimental to their relationship with their partner. In fact nearly one in five (18 per cent) say their job has caused arguments with their other half, and a depressing eight per cent cite work as a major factor in the breakdown of their relationship.

Pressures faced at work have even made their way into the bedroom with nearly one in 10 (nine per cent) admitting their job has had a negative impact on their sex life. A further one in five (20 per cent) report their work has lead to a decline in their health and wellbeing, citing stress and depression.

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

The survey also found that 54 per cent 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.

Research from The Department for Business Innovation & Skills has indicated that work-life balance schemes in the workplace actually lead to reduced work/family conflict and pressure, resulting in improved job satisfaction, engagement and less absences, bolstering staff retention and improving service quality and customer satisfaction.

Jacques de la Bouillerie, MD 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”

For more information, or to speak with Jacques de la Bouillerie, please contact:

Lydia or Ollie at:
020 7100 1333


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