Work Overload Is Turning Brits Into Bad Parents

Work Overload Is Turning Brits Into Bad Parents

New research out today reveals that people in Britain are losing touch with their home lives – missing their kids’ birthdays and other important milestones like school plays, parents’ evenings and award ceremonies – all because of work.

  • Over Half (51%) Of All Brits’ Personal Lives Are Negatively Affected By Work
  • One in five Brits say they’ve missed an important milestone for their child because of work
  • Nearly one in ten (8%) say work has made them miss their child’s birthday party
  • Of those that admit to missing an important milestone for their child, 28% say they’ve done so more than FIVE times

A survey of 2,000 working people in the UK, commissioned by on-demand staffing app Coople, has revealed that work is negatively impacting over half of Brits, with people admitting that their current workloads are drastically affecting their lives at home.

In fact, the research finds that poor work-life balance has been detrimental to parents’ relationships with their children, with 11% saying working late and not ‘switching off’ has distanced them from their young ones.

The greatest discovery from the poll revealed that one in five (20%) parents say their work schedule has made them miss an important moment in their child’s life, such as a birthday party (8%) or an important school event (12%).

Staggeringly, 28% of those that admitted to missing these important events have done so more than five times during their working life. 10% say they have missed their child’s event once, 26% say they have done so twice, 29% three times, and 7% admit they’ve done so four times.

Jacques de la Bouillerie, MD of Coople, commented:

“This research has highlighted some concerning issues within the British working lifestyle, and it’s sad to see that people are missing their kids’ birthdays and important life events as a result of rigid work arrangements. These are once-in-a-lifetime occasions, so companies should be doing their best to make sure their staff are getting sufficient time off to spend with their family, friends and partners”.

De la Bouillerie continues:

“It really highlights the detrimental effects of employment without flexibility. I believe there is a strong link between companies that emphasise an excellent work-life balance, and their staff’s productivity, happiness and loyalty in the workplace.

Hopefully, this research will serve as a wake-up call to businesses across the UK to recognise and prioritise the importance of their staffs’ personal well-being, and to put the right structures in place to create a better work-life balance”.