Go Home on Time Day 2016

Following on from a great 2015 campaign, we are already looking ahead to Go Home on Time Day 2016 and would love you to be involved. Please click here to signup to receive Go Home on Time Day news and updates via email. You will be brought back to the Go Home on Time Day homepage after filling in your details.

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We hope you can join us for the 2016 campaign.

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Working Families

We hope you’re on your way home!

Go Home on Time Day 2015 looks on track to be a big success with lots of people from all over the UK showing an interest. We’ve seen a huge amount of activity on Twitter and Facebook with many people letting us know what they will be getting up to this evening and the day has also been covered in the national and local press.

This is all great news because it has helped us to raise awareness of the issue of work life balance and to draw attention to the importance of employee health and wellbeing.

However, it is important to remember that going home on time shouldn’t be an annual, single day event but should rather be the norm for all employees across the UK. We hope that today is just the start of a new way of thinking about your work life balance and that our blogs and the information provided throughout National Work Life Week help you to form the go home on time habit.

Now, please, go and spend some time doing something you enjoy… it is Go Home on Time Day after all.

 

Go Home on Time Day September 23rd 2015: Join the Movement

The Working Families central office is a hive of activity with National Work Life Week and Go Home on Time Day (23rd September) preparations now in full swing. If you haven’t participated in previous years and are wondering what it’s all about, Go Home on Time Day is a fun day with a serious message designed to draw the attention of employers and employees to the issue of work life balance and the importance of allowing time for home and family life. With ever increasing demands being placed on businesses and consequently their employees, this balance is becoming worryingly difficult to achieve for many, and individuals, families and society as a whole are being negatively affected as a result.

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We say it is time for change and for more employers to adopt an enlightened and progressive approach to workload and organisation that will improve productivity, reduce presenteeism and, vitally, ensure that employees have the time and resources to nurture the healthy and long-lasting relationships that are essential to wellbeing and to creating a healthy and fully-functional society. If you would like to play a part in creating this society, you can participate in Go Home on Time Day this September 23rd in a number of ways.

Join in on Social Media

Go Home on Time Day is all about spreading awareness so one of the most useful ways you can help is by spreading the word via social media.

This year we are asking people to take photos of themselves, friends and family taking part in what they do to unwind in their spare time and post them with the hashtag #wherewillyoube, whether it be skydiving, rambling, gardening or simply enjoying dinner at home with the family. You can also download and fill in our pledge note to encourage someone you know to go home on time this September 23rd and post a picture of it to your social media accounts so you, your friends and family can hold them to it. Click the buttons below and like our pages if you would like to help spread the word.

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Follow the blog

We will be blogging about all things related to work life balance and wellbeing for the next 10 weeks. Topics to be covered include time saving and efficiency tips, importance of diet and healthy eating, other cultures and their approaches to achieving work life balance and activities for parents and children. These blogs will provide you with a wealth of useful information and resources to help you improve your work life balance and general wellbeing and will be published every Wednesday. With the intention of helping you make time to celebrate Go Home on Time Day this year, our next blog will cover time saving and efficiency tips and will be published on the 29/7/15. If you have any useful tips and ideas you think should be included or would like to join the Go Home on Time Day mailing list, leave us a comment or email ghotd@workingfamilies.org.uk

Ask your employer and workmates to participate

Employers that have participated in National Work Life Week and Go Home on Time Day in previous years have included Capital One, Centrica, Cisco, Cushion the Impact, BP, Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Danone Nutricia, David Lloyd Narborough, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Eversholt Rail, Hogan Lovells LLP, Lisa Barnwell, LV=, Mayer Brown, Pinsent Masons.

If you think your employer would like to join this ever-growing list and showcase their progressive attitude to employee wellbeing, please visit our Join In At Work page for ideas on how your workplace can be involved and print off our flyer to display in your staff room.

We also hold an annual National Work Life Week Conference, which may be of interest to your HR Department.

Fundraise for our Legal Advice Line

While Go Home on Time Day is primarily about raising awareness, any money that is raised goes towards the running costs of our Legal Advice Line, which supports over 3,000 people per year who might otherwise be denied access to justice and forced out of employment.

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There are a huge number of ways you can help raise money to keep parents and carers in work. Go Home on Time Day can be a great opportunity to introduce a casual Wednesday where your co-workers donate £2 to wear their own clothes for a day, to organise a bake sale or auction, or even to have a sponsored bath in baked beans… the possibilities are endless but take a look at our Fundraising Guide for just a few ideas on how you can help.

Join the Movement

We are looking forward to the next 10 weeks and hope that you can help us reach as many eyes and ears and improve as many lives as possible. However, Go Home on Time Day and National Work Life Week are not just one off, annual events. We are looking to change the way we live and work by instigating a shift in perception so employers and employees alike see the value in making work actually work for all. Will you join the movement?

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Go Home on Time Day 2016 date announced

October 5th 2016 is Go Home on Time Day! Will you be joining in?

We are delighted to announce that this year Go Home on Time Day will be taking place on the 5th October. So, mark this date off in your calendar as a day to go home on time, do something you enjoy and assess your work-life balance.

The day has received a great reaction in recent years and, thanks to the contributions of thousands of supporters, has proven to be successful in raising awareness of issues surrounding work-life balance in the UK. We hope to build on this success again this year and would like this to be the most interactive Go Home on Time Day yet. With that in mind, we ask that you will join us by posting blogs, pictures and videos to let us know what you will be doing to celebrate the day.

Developments are afoot so be sure to follow us online to stay connected and receive updates and information about the day:

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For more information about the day or to find out how you can get involved, email the Working Families team.

Coping with Stress

It’s time to look at one of the most serious workplace issues that we are hoping to draw attention to this Go Home on Time Day – stress. In our most recent Modern Families Index, 64% of respondents admitted feeling work related stress and almost a third said that their levels of stress had increased in the past three years. These levels are worryingly high and the potential impact should not be underestimated as work related stress is likely to spill over negatively into relationships and to damage an individual’s health and wellbeing.

64% of respondents admitted feeling work related stress

Health effects of stress
Everybody will feel stressed from time to time but if you find yourself feeling stressed for extended periods, it may be time to take a look at your work life balance and act before you damage your health.
Signs that you are stressed include smoking and/or drinking too much, irritability, outbursts of anger, insomnia, loss of appetite and libido, dry mouth, memory lapses, headaches and finding it difficult to make simple decisions.

Signs of stress

Coping with stress
When you find yourself feeling stressed, there are techniques you can employ to help cope with the situation. However, while these techniques can be a big help, if you are suffering from stress you should talk to your GP:

[1] Exercise: as well as providing many other benefits, regularly taking a form of exercise you enjoy will make you feel better and help you to work out some of the frustrations of the day.
[2] Don’t bottle it up: talk through it with somebody. Whether it be your GP, a friend, colleague, or partner, talking about it will not only make you feel better, but will mean you have help to come up with a solution.
[3] Take a step back: take some time away from the bustle of work to gather yourself. You may even try thinking about a peaceful environment. A brief period of respite can help you clear your head and put you in the frame of mind to tackle the root causes of your stress.

Relax with us on September 23rd
We hope you can join us on Go Home on Time Day on the 23rd September this year and help us to encourage as many people as possible to reflect on and improve their work life balance. Why not follow us on social media or join our mailing list to stay in touch? We’d love to hear #wherewillyoube on September 23rd this year.

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Connect With Us On Social Media

We hope you can connect with us on social media to stay in touch and help spread the word. Why not send us your pics? Let us know #wherewillyoube.

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Summer on a Shoestring: Break the Boredom without Breaking the Bank

It’s a bit cold, slightly dark and I’m eating an ice cream even though it’s raining – this can mean only one thing – British summertime is here! Hopefully this week’s blog will give you some interesting ideas to keep the little ones occupied when you’ve all grown tired of treasure hunts and museums.

wf_statcircle_03 In our recent Modern Families Index, 60% of you said that family was your greatest priority. However, for many the time available to spend with family is increasingly being eaten into as only a third of parents are able to leave work on time every day and 40% say that working late impinges on time spent with their children. Why not join in and let Go Home on time Day on September 23rd mark the beginning of a new habit and the re-balancing of work and life to allow you to spend more time with family and friends?

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Water fight!

As well as the usual water pistol shootout, hang some water bombs from a tree or climbing frame, grab a stick and a blindfold and – voila – you have a water bomb piñata.

Air fort

Take a large bed sheet, stick the sides and one end to the floor and set up a couple of powerful fans at the open end. You now have yourself an air fort – everyone can stay cool and have fun at the same time.

License to thrill

Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to tie a web of red ribbons across your hallway and create a laser maze that will be a match for any budding spies.

Bowling

Not the usual kind – for this you need A LOT of confetti, a large balloon, some glue and a pin. Blow up the balloon, stick the confetti to the top half of it in multiple layers (allowing a few hours between each layer for the glue to dry), when the glue is completely dry and the confetti feels solid, pop the balloon. Trim the rough edges and you will be left with an awesome confetti bowl.

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We hope you have fun with these ideas. Why not leave us a comment or send in your pics to let us know how your summer activities go? Don’t forget to sign up for our National Work Life Week and Go Home on Time Day updates and follow us on social media to stay in touch.

 
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Find Your Fuel: The Importance of Diet for Health and Wellbeing

Go Home on Time Day is drawing near and for this week’s blog we will be focussing on the importance of a healthy diet for general wellbeing. Our latest Modern Families Index shows that a worryingly high percentage of people find their diet negatively affected due to work life balance issues. This can create a vicious cycle where people are tired and unhealthy because they are not eating properly and vice versa. Hopefully by the end of this blog you will realise the importance of diet for improving energy levels and wellbeing and will have picked up some useful tips to cut down the number of harmful foods you consume. MFI Stats JPEG Finding balance While the ideal diet will vary from person to person depending on a number of factors such as gender, build, age, and daily level of activity, the government offer a decent general guide for what makes a healthy diet in the form of their eat-well plate. Eatwell_poster_960x640As you can see, the recommendation is to consume a balance of all the food groups and to keep consumption of foods that are high in fat and sugar to a minimum.

Beware of hidden ingredients

What the eat-well plate doesn’t tell us is that many who think they are eating healthily are actually consuming more harmful ingredients than they are aware of. In order to maintain a balanced diet, it is important to try to avoid processed foods and ready meals with high amounts of added salt, sugar and fat. When you do buy ready meals and processed foods, it is a good idea to check the label so you are aware of the ingredients. Shed the sugar

The amount of sugar being consumed has received particular attention recently as the World Health Organisation cut its recommended daily amount of sugar by half while the NHS recommend sugar intake be around 30g a day for those aged 11 and over. To put this into perspective, a can of coke contains around 35 grams of sugar, a bowl of Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut contains 11g, and two slices of plain white bred can contain as much as 3g of sugar.

Beat the sweets

If you would like to cut down on your sugar intake try these tips: [1] Drink water or unsweetened fruit juice in place of fizzy and juice drinks. If you can’t do without the fizz, allow yourself the odd bottle of mineral water [2] Be aware of the amount of sugar in your breakfast cereals and avoid those coated in sugar [3] Always check the labels before you buy. If the nutrition label is covered in red, put it back. [4] When your stomach rumbles, reach for some fruit or a bag of nuts instead of a chocolate bar. [5] Don’t stock up on snacks at home: if they’re not there, you can’t eat them. If you really do decide you want to buy a Mars Bar, at least the walk to the shop will burn off some of the calories you will consume.

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We hope you’ve found these tips useful and that you can join in with Go Home on Time Day on September 23rdthis year. In the meantime, why not connect with us on our social media accounts and let us know #wherewillyoube on September 23rd? [url=http://www.istockphoto.com/search/lightbox/9786682][img]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40117171/children5.jpg[/img][/url]  

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