Nearly one in five UK workers feel that working late is the cause of arguments with their partner.
18% of respondents in a survey conducted by Coople said that working late hours has caused problems in their relationship, with 35% saying that staying at the office is detrimental. 8% cite work as a major factor in the breakdown of past relationships.
Jacques de la Boullerie, managing director of Coople said: “A large proportion of the population’s personal relationships are being negatively affected because of work and it’s time for a fundamental shift.”
The survey of over 2,000 working people in the UK also found that 20% of respondents feel working late led to a decline in their health and wellbeing, citing stress and depression.
Just over half of British workers (51%) say work has negatively impacted their social life, with 28% stating they’ve had to work late in the office. An additional 18% admit to responding to emails out of hours, with a further 10% taking phone calls outside of their contracted hours.
These admissions come in spite of 54% respondents valuing a good work life balance above wages, career progression or employee benefits.
By creating a culture of flexibility in which employees do not feel obliged to work longer hours, employers could improve their workforce’s output in the long run.
De la Bouillerie added: “Employers need to recognise the power behind flexible working, not only for their workforce’s morale, but also for their bottom line.”