PracticeConsultingLong hours strip us all of more than libido.

Long hours strip us all of more than libido.

One of the UK's less desirable imports from our American cousins is the long-hours work culture.

Many will have seen headlines this week shouting that the sex lives of over half of ‘long hours’ workers are suffering due to the time they spend at work, which arise from a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development survey, Married to the Job?, published this week.

The long-suffering partners of those who work over 48 hours a week also complained at having to shoulder most of the domestic chores, and that their children were being neglected.

These findings are no great surprise. A 50-hour week at work leaves little time, and little energy, for anything else.

But pleas about flagging libidos or not being at home in time to read the kids their bedtime story are likely to be met with, at best, with a patronising smile from your employer. And it is difficult to walk out of the office if your colleagues are still toiling away.

But there is a better argument to use. The report also found that almost a third of those interviewed for the study said they had made mistakes, ranging from fatigue-related mismanagement of people and projects to property damage and personal injury.

At best these can be reputation damaging for the person involved and their employer, and at worst, they can be life threatening.

So if you want to save your sex life, this is a good business argument you could present to your employer, or use to convince yourself it’s alright to leave your desk for the day.

Accountancy Age is interested in the views of readers on the subject of excessive hours, which is one we will be pursuing keenly. So get writing.

If both sex and safety are at risk, then surely it’s a subject worth making a fuss about.

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