As busy mums, we’re well aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between our work and home life, but our employers aren’t always as understanding.
There’s good news though. We’ll soon be celebrating National Work-life Week 2014 – and it’s the perfect opportunity to remind your boss or manager of the importance of leaving work on time.
The perfect excuse to go home on time!
National Work-life Week was launched five years ago by the charity Working Families. The aim was to shine a light on the importance of balancing work and home for everyone.
This year the event is taking place from 22 to 26 September and is sponsored by Cisco. National Work-life Week 2014 includes free podcasts for employees and the ever-popular Go Home on Time Day on Wednesday 24 September.
If you want to get involved (or convince your employer to!) you’ll find plenty of resources to support your plans on the charity’s websites Working Families and Go Home on Time Day – including logos, posters and pledge notes and downloadable guides.
Why National Work-life Week is so important
Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families explains why National Work-life Week is so important:
“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.”
Companies benefit from better work-life balance too
Time and time again, research shows that when people are able to enjoy a healthy work-life balance, they are better employees. In July 2014, Working Families and the charity OnePlusOne published a report showing that a happy home life can be a significant driver of motivation at work.
How can you get involved?
And don’t keep the news to yourself – spread the word about National Work-life Week and who knows, maybe there will come a time when every work day is Go Home on Time Day!