Britons are struggling to find time for themselves a new study suggests, with the majority of Britons thinking their work balance is 70-30 in favour of work. It was also uncovered that 32% of Britons continue working when they get home.

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The team behind carried out the research as part of an ongoing study into the lifestyles of Britons.

Initially, all respondents were asked to predict what they thought their work-life balance was, with the average answer emerging as 70/30, in favour of work.  

When relevant respondents were asked why they believed the ratio was so far in favour of work, the top answers were ‘needing the money’, ‘pressures from my boss’ and ‘fear of being unemployed’.

When asked what they do to unwind away from work it was found the most popular activity was watching television. Respondents were then asked if they carry on working once they get home to which almost a third said they did.

These respondents were asked what their profession was, with the following professions being the most likely to carry on working once they get home:

  1. Teachers – 55%
  2. Marketing/Digital – 47%
  3. Journalists – 43%
  4. Graphic Designers – 39%
  5. Web Developers – 35%

When asked if they are payed for the overtime they put in, 54% said they were not.

All respondents were asked if their workplace does enough to ensure they have free-time for themselves; 71% of Britons think their workplace doesn’t give them enough support.

Of all respondents, just over two in five revealed they had drifted apart from friends because of their workload and over a third admitted it had caused arguments between them and their partner.

Finally, all respondents were asked “Have you considered leaving your current place of work in order to search for a more even work life balance?” to which just under half admitted they had considered leaving in search of more free time.

George Charles, spokesperson for commented:

“It is a shame that people feel like they can’t reap the benefits of their hard work due to the little amount of time they get to actually enjoy themselves. It is important that people get the time to enjoy themselves and reap the benefits of what they have worked so hard to get. This is something that is contributing to the mental health epidemic across the nation; employees are experiencing burn out and employers need to do more to prevent this.”

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