The Way We Are Now – Impact of work on relationships

36% of people in the East Midlands feel pressure to put work before family life

Relate Nottinghamshire calls for employers to offer flexible working and relationship support

Research out today highlights the immense pressure felt by employees in the East Midlands and the rest of the UK to prioritise work ahead of relationships. More than one in three workers in the East Midlands (36%) say their boss thinks work should come before family life.  This is according to a new report from Relate and Relationships Scotland, which concludes that overworked employees’ relationships suffer as the build-up of stress at work takes its toll.

The research also found that:

  • 34% of employees in the East Midlands say they feel pressured to work by their manager even when they are ill.
  • 29% of employees in the East Midlands say that stress at home adversely affects them at work.
  • Over half (52%) of employees in the East Midlands say they would like their employer to offer relationship support.

Employees struggling to balance work and family are more likely to become ill, perform less well and resign; but those satisfied with work and work-life balance are more likely to perform better and be more productive. The Labour of Love or Love vs Labour report calls for employers to aspire to offer flexible working arrangements as default and to provide free relationship support as part of Employee Assistance Programmes. Relate Nottinghamshire] is supporting the report and urging employers in Nottinghamshire to take action.

Manchester University’s Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE, President of Relate said: “As this study highlights, work-life balance in this country is shockingly poor and this is hugely damaging for our relationships and overall wellbeing – as well as for productivity. That’s why Relate Nottinghamshire is calling on local employers to take more responsibility for the pressure that stress and lack of work-life balance can put on relationships at home.”

 

As well as the impact of work pressures on relationships at home, the report also looks at workplace relationships with colleagues and bosses.  The good news is that 68% of employees in the East Midlands say they have a good relationship with their boss and 76% reported good relationships with colleagues.

Manchester University’s Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE, President of Relate continued: “It’s positive that so many people in the East Midlands have a good relationship with their boss and colleagues but there’s clearly still some room for improvement. As such, we suggest employers think carefully about how they can better foster good workplace relationships.”

Labour of Love or Love vs Labour is the first in a series of reports from a major piece of research by Relate and Relationships Scotland.  Over 5000 UK adults were surveyed as part of The Way We Are Now study, providing a unique window into the current state of the nation’s relationships.

To read the report in full, please visit http://bit.ly/2e4Ewy2 (from 25 October).

Relate Nottinghamshire offers a range of relationship support services. Call us on 0115 9584278 or visit www.relate-nottingham.org.uk for more information.

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