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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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?