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London parents too scared to ask for family time from bosses

by LLB Reporter
23rd Sep 16 11:02 am

Work-life balance issues highlighted

Over a third (34 per cent) of parents in London feel they don’t get to spend enough time with their families, according to new research of 2,000 parents.

Over seven in 10 (72 per cent) London-based mums and dads admitting they are unable to do the daily school run due to work commitments.

Frustatingly, over half (56 per cent) said they missed milestone moments in their children’s school calendar, such as school plays and sports day as a result of having limited flexibility in their working hours.

This has led to over half of Londoners (56 per cent) feeling guilty that they are not as involved in their children’s life as they think they should be, compared to a national average of just under two fifths (38 per cent).

As a result, over a third (35 per cent) of workers in London think doing so would help them be more flexible with the hours and days they work, and almost four in ten (37 per cent) say it would allow them to pick and choose important family moments not to miss.

This comes as the research reveals parents working in the Capital fail to speak to their bosses about flexible working hours. Over half (52 per cent) admit they would be concerned about raising the issue with their employers, compared to only a third (31%) nationally. 

Tim Sawyer, CEO of The Start Up Loans Company, said: “The pressures of working life unfortunately mean a great deal of parents miss out on valuable time with their children. Our research shows that this isn’t something many take lightly, but what is most alarming is that such a large number of parents working in London are too worried about speaking to their boss about their working hours.  

“We’d encourage any parent who wants to improve their work-life balance to take action, whether it’s requesting more flexibility from your employer, or exploring other options which make it easier to balance your time. Starting up your own business is an option which can give you more control over your life, and we’d encourage any parent considering taking the leap to remember there are many options on hand to provide support when going it alone.”

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