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WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JAN. 28, 2014
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50% of Adult Workers Have an Uneven Work-life Balance

New findings from Tilda revealed that one in two adults feel they have an uneven work-life balance. The study which delved into the health and happiness of UK workers showed that four in ten are unhappy as long working hours, poor diet and lack of sleep take a toll on their day to day well-being. Worryingly, more than 50% were reported to experience increased stress and anxiety levels in the last 12 months amid a struggle to find the right balance between work and family life.

Also, one third of people surveyed were overwhelmed by thoughts of work from the minute they woke up, while one in four said they only stop thinking about work last thing at night. The inability to switch off is having consequences, with over half the study saying their work life has impacted upon their personal relationships and in certain cases led to poor health.

Poor Diet Can Lead to Dissatisfaction

The study points out that the habit of not eating well can generate feelings of discontent. Six in ten felt their overall happiness would improve if they could adjust their eating pattern and day to day food intake, whilst 30% said they feel helpless to change their current work-life balance.

Interestingly, many workers reported that they regularly skipped meals, while one in five often cobbled together their evening meal after 9pm. In addition to this, a whopping 29% skip breakfast every day, 30% end up eating their breakfast or lunch at their desk, a scientifically proven hazardous activity. Another 30% tend to suffer from energy slumps during the day. On the whole, a big 61% of respondents believe having a better diet would improve their happiness.

No Room for Personal Life

The study also found 57% of people had seen their personal life affected because of putting in too many hours at work. This was most commonly shown through more arguments with their partner, a decline in the quality of their diet (47 per cent), while nearly a third spent less time playing with their children.

Besides, the level of mental fatigue experienced is also on the rise, with the average person questioned getting on average just over six and a half hours sleep during a typical evening, along with having to cope with disturbed sleep at least once a week.

The Senior Brand & Innovation Manager for Tilda, Camilla Sheeley noted that

to feel happy and content we must take a holistic approach to our lifestyle choices, this includes giving consideration to what we eat, how much we sleep and how we use our leisure time. Worryingly, the research shows that nearly 40% of women and just over a third of men heavily rely on high sugar and caffeinated drinks to get them through the day. Whilst long working hours and the desire to fill every spare minute, has resulted in the majority of us spending on average less than 20 minutes preparing our weekday meals”.

The results of the study suggest that workers should manage their time wisely to re-balance and improve their work-life balance. More importantly, introducing basic healthy elements into their daily life, such as exercise and healthy nutrition would maintain workers’ energy levels consistent and enhance their satisfaction and happiness.

 

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