43% would like their employer to offer relationship support

Cary Cooper

Just under half (43%) of respondents would like their employer to offer relationship support, according to research by Relate and Relationships Scotland.

Its The way we are now: labour of love or love vs labour report, which surveyed 5,000 UK adults, also found that 21% of respondents feel that attending to care responsibilities is frowned upon at work.

The research also found:

  • 33% of respondents feel that their employer thinks work should come before family life, and 33% believe their employer thinks the ideal employee should be available 24 hours a day.
  • 30% of respondents feel pressured to work by their manager, even when they are ill.
  • 27% of respondents work longer hours than they would choose and believe that this is damaging their physical or mental wellbeing.
  • 25% of respondents feel that stress at home adversely affects them at work.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE (pictured), president at 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. Employers need to take more responsibility for the pressure that stress and lack of work-life balance can put on relationships at home.”