Long-hours culture hurts personal lives

More than half of long-hours workers polled in a new study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development entitled Married to the job, said they had not struck the correct balance between their work and their personal lives, and were dedicating too much time to the office.

In addition, long hours do not employers, as workers are prone to making mistakes ranging from the mismanagement of people, to damaging property and causing personal injury.

And while most said long hours were a price worth paying for an improved standard of living, as many as 29% said their relationships with their children had suffered due to the long hours spent in the office.

More than a third said their children complained they did not see enough of them, and 27% said they often were not home in time to see their children to bed.

Marital relations were also jeopardised. Forty per cent said long hours were resulting in arguments with their spouses, leading to feelings of guilt about domestic responsibilities badly affected sex lives. A third said work-related tiredness was the cause of collapse in sexual relations with their partners.

Author of the report, Melissa Compton-Edwards, said while working long hours did not necessarily lead to marriage breakdown, it could put a strain on relationships with partners, children and friends.

‘Employers need to ensure that they do everything in their power to improve productivity through efficiency improvements rather than by overloading their staff,’ she concluded.


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