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Weekly Edition - Published  6 October 2016


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6 weeks unpaid overtime a year for 1 in 6 working parents in the North West

15% working parents in the North West works at least 6 weeks a year in unpaid overtime and many miss out on precious family moments like attending school shows or simply putting their children to bed because of work commitments. Working Families, the UK's leading work life balance organisation, have been encouraging parents and their employers to take part in 'Go Home On Time Day', that took place on 5 October 2016, to help people improve their work life balance.

Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Working Families, said:- "Sadly the notion of presenteeism persists in many businesses in the North West with many working parents feeling pressure to work extra unpaid hours.  Families need time as well as money to thrive. Flexible working patterns can give parents the balance they need between work and family life, and deliver motivated, productive employees for businesses. But this only works if jobs are designed properly; and can be done in the hours allocated to them. We're encouraging all employers and employees to use Go Home On Time Day as an opportunity to think how they can improve work life balance and get the best for families and businesses in the North West."

Working Families hopes businesses and employers, including the public sector and Government, will use its 'happy to talk flexible working' strapline in recruitment processes to demonstrate commitment to flexible and family friendly ways of working.  A survey for the charity showed 49% of working parents in the North West put extra unpaid hours each week. Of those, 15% worked more than 5 extra unpaid hours a week, equating to 31 extra days a year; more than most people's annual leave entitlement.

The survey also revealed:-

64% of working parents in the North West said their job interfered with their ability to take part in school or nursery milestones for their children, such as attending performances or parents' evenings.

A total of 63% said work detrimentally affected the time they had to help children with homework

57% said it interfered with their ability to put their children to bed. 27% said this happened more than 3 times a week.

Working Families is the UK's leading work life balance organisation. It offers a free Legal Helpline to parents and carers, researches and campaigns for better work life policies and works directly with employers to help them improve ways of working. For more information visit:- WorkingFamilies.Org.UK. Go Home On Time Day is part of the charity's campaign week, National Work Life Week. Follow Working Families on Twitter @WorkingFamUK with the campaign hashtag #TimeToRebalance and on Facebook. What are your views on this issue? Do you agree? Email your views and thoughts to us at:- and let the world know!


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