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

“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 percent) say that their work schedule is detrimental to their relationship with their partner. In fact, nearly one in five (18 percent) 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.

  • Nearly one in five (18 percent) have said that working late has caused an argument with their partner
  • Eight percent of respondents cited work as a major factor in the breakdown of their relationship
  • One in 10 (9 percent) say work has taken its toll on their sex life

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

Just over half (51 percent) of British workers say work has negatively impacted their social life; almost a third (28 percent) of British workers state they’ve had to work late in the office, an additional 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 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 fewer 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”