Today is Go home on time day, so that’s what I’ll be doing.
The day was conceived in 2009 by the Australia Institute as a light-hearted way to start a serious conversation about the impact of poor work/life balance on our health, relationships and workplaces.
Although Australians often have a reputation for being lazy and taking lots of time off work, we actually work long hours and put in many unpaid hours (not including unpaid work in the home and volunteering). According to the Institute’s report Hard to Get a Break:
- Australian’s contribute an estimated $110 billion per year in unpaid work
- 1 in 5 workers don’t take a lunch break
- Over half do not take all their annual leave each year
- 50% of Australians who are overworked would like to spend more time with their family
Children need love and attention to thrive, so it is especially important that parents balance home and work. It’s also good for the parents! (The Raising Children Network has some great tips on easing the transition between your work life and home life.)
Although I work quite long hours, I’m lucky that my work is flexible and I’m able to make time for my family (e.g., get to special events at school, take time off if the kids are sick). I will often do some work after they have gone to bed so that I can take time off during the day or arrange my work hours around the family. Many people do not have the luxury of flexible hours and so leaving work on time is especially important.
Do you normally leave work on time?