Are you one of the 2.2million Australians who left for work this morning with no idea what time you will leave tonight?
Or are you the working mum who sneaks out the door on time because you have to race to day care before they start fining you for not getting there before 6pm, while resentful colleagues note that you are ‘leaving early’?
Being in either of these groups isn’t much fun.
Working late – and being expected to – isn’t fun or reasonable for anybody.
Even when we think we’ll leave on time, more than one million of us get it wrong and stay an extra half an hour, and a further 1.2 million report staying more than one hour, according to new research from The Australia Institute, which runs Go Home On Time Day
The Australia Institute’s Executive Director Dr Richard Denniss said over the past twenty years we have heard a lot about workplace ‘flexibility’, but the problem for many workers is that child care, train timetables and life’s other commitments aren’t that flexible.
According to Dr Denniss:
This new data shows why so many Australians find it difficult to juggle their work life and the rest of their life. Working long, or very unpredictable, hours can place a lot of strain on people’s relationships as well as their physical and mental health.
The survey found that around 3.2 million Australians experience stress or anxiety as a result of their working arrangements, with 2.9 million experiencing a loss of sleep and 2.2 million reporting adverse impacts on their ability to meet family commitments.
Check out this great infographic.
If symptoms persist, take a dose of Go Home on Time Day. Love it.
Managing working time is one of our Five Ways Working Mums Can Take Better Care Of Their Mental Health which you can read all about here.
Do you go home on time?
If you do, are you often first out the door at your workplace?