We asked 60 of our followers to fill out a short survey on their work/life balance. We wanted to see what people’s habits are, and if work is taking over their home lives.
We found that the majority of people sometimes stay late at work and often don’t take their full lunch break. When asked if thinking about work affects your home life, 86% responded that it did. These results suggest that the respondents feel pressured to be available and find it difficult to switch off once they do leave work.
Do we then need to become better at saying no? Stating “No, I’d rather not carry on our meeting through lunch, I’d like some fresh air”, or “No, I can’t stay late tonight, I need to get home for my kids’ bathtime” could give you a much-needed break from the daily grind.
Saying no can be scary, but it can help us focus on what’s a real priority and become more productive and positive as a result.
This survey was carried out between 29 January and 6 February 2016.