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National work-life week 2014 – Attention all Business Mums “What time will you go home tomorrow?”

National work-life week 2014 CEO Mums Go Home on Time day

Many of us Business Mums chose to start our own business because we wanted to have more flexibility and choices in how we work, when we work, and be able to have more quality time with our children.

As female business owners, we are lucky!  We get to do business on our own terms, we get to choose what time we start work each day, and most importantly what time we ‘clock off’ for the day!  Or at least, that’s the theory…

What Time Will You Go Home on the 24th of September?

This week, the UK is celebrating National Work-life Week 2014 –launched five years ago by the charity Working Families with the aim to shine a light on the importance of balancing work and home for everyone.  And it’s a good reminder for us female business owners to make sure we really are getting ALL of the benefits we really want out of running our own business.

After all, we didn’t just go in to business in order to make money, get more clients, raise our profile, make a difference to others and society…of course these are all important parts of our business success, but didn’t we also want to make sure we have more flexibility, a healthier work-life balance, more freedom to choose how and when we do business and more quality time with our children and families?

The 24 September 2014 is “Go Home On Time Day” a day when families everywhere get a bit of quality time together in the middle of the working week.

Are You Making Your Business Work for YOU?

As business Mums, we probably already have a very personal understanding of why something like National Work-life Week and “Go Home On Time Day” is so important, and but in the words of Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families:

“We know from our research and from our busy helpline that it’s vital to get the balance between work and home right. National Work-Life Week is a reminder that life outside work is just as important as life at work. When the balance is out of kilter, stress at work or at home can spill over into the other, which is bad for people and bad for business.”

My Challenge to You…

Firstly, my question to you is “Are you making your business work for YOU?” are you working towards building your business success AND making sure you are getting all the other things out of your business that are important to you as a woman and as a mother?

Here’s a copy of the pledge certificate they’re giving for employees to share in the workplace.  As your own boss, how would you fill yours out?

National work-life week 2014 CEO Mums Go Home on Time Day

I challenge you to set a time for finishing off your work tomorrow, and commit to spending extra quality time with your children…simply BECAUSE YOU CAN!

Let’s Hope that as CEO Mums creating our own successful business AND a family lifestyle we LOVE, that we buck the trend when it comes to these statistics taken from the official Go Home on Time Today website:

Key facts about Work and Family life in the UK 2014

  • A significant number of parents are unhappy with work life balance:  Almost a quarter (23%) feel that they are torn and that work and family life are in constant conflict.  Thirty five percent of parents state that their work affects their home life in a negative way. [1]
  • Fewer than half of parents leave work on time every day, slightly more (44 per cent) say that they can get away only half of the time or less, with nine percent never leaving on time. Workload pressure and culture are the main drivers of extra hours.  The most common reasons for working late are workload pressure (70% per cent), finding time to do proper work planning and thinking (54 per cent) and workplace culture and employer expectations (56 per cent) [2]
  • Almost a third (31%) of parents report that there is no flexible working on offer where they work. Education, retail and healthcare are the three sectors most likely not to offer flexible working.
  • Over half (66 per cent) of parents do work flexibly, with the most common models being to vary working time or where work is completed. [3]
  • Almost half (42%) of parents would like to use less childcare and spend more time with their children.
  • Twenty seven per cent of parents of disabled children are not in paid work. However 91 per cent would like to undertake paid work at some level.  Over half of those not in work had given up at least six years ago, making it very difficult to get back into the labour market [4]
  • Just over 1 in 5 UK adults have seen their work negatively impacted as a result of caring (22%), including 2.3 millionwho have quit work and almost 3 million who have reduced working hours [5]
  • The average UK employee who commutes now spends 54.6 minutes per day travelling to and from work. This amounts to 4 hours and 24 minutes per week for a full-time worker or more than five weeks per year for an employee who works 44 weeks per year. . Londoners have the longest average commute at 77 minutes [6]
  • Longer working hours are associated with higher levels of anxiety and lower levels of happiness. Women appear to be more adversely affected by working longer hours than men [7]

[1] Time, Health and the Family Survey 2014.  Working Families

[2] Time, Health and the Family Survey 2014. Working Families

[3] Time, Health and the Family Survey 2014. Working Families

[4] Finding Flexibility: parents of disabled children and paid work 2012. Working Families

[5] Carers UK/YouGov Poll Press release 2013. Carers UK. http://www.carersuk.org/newsroom/item/3033-research-reveals-over-2-million-quit-work-to-care

 

To find out more about National Work-life Week 2014 – visit the Working Families website and Go Home on Time Day site.

National work-life week 2014 CEO Mums Go home on Time Day

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