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Work and life quiz: Finding a balance

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Which people work the longest hours in Europe?

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Which people work the longest hours in Europe?

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The British work the longest hours in Europe – according to a survey by the Trade Union Congress (TUC). The survey found that on average, people work about 34 hours a week and nearly half (44%) work between 35 and 40 hours a week. 9% work 40 to 48 hours a week, 6% work more than 48 hours and 2% work over 55 hours a week. What's more, people in the UK take the shortest lunch breaks and have the fewest public holidays.

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What percentage of UK employees agree that flexible working hours improve morale?

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What percentage of UK employees agree that flexible working hours improve morale?

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One initiative aimed at helping employees balance work with other areas of their life, is flexitime. It allows employees to vary their start and finish times at work, as well as work part time, or from home. There is usually an agreement to work a set number of hours a week or per month.

 

The fourth Work life Balance Employee Survey conducted in 2011, found the vast majority (90%) of employees agreed that flexible hours improve morale. In fact, flexible workers are more likely to work long hours, which may be why employers have embraced the idea.

The average UK employee spends how long commuting to and from work?

The average UK employee spends how long commuting to and from work?

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People in the UK spend an average of 52.8 minutes a day commuting to and from work. That's about four and a half hours a week. The statistics from the TUC's Labour Force Survey show men usually spend longer commuting but while men's commute time has been decreasing, the commute time for women has increased to an average of 47 minutes a day. The recent rise in part-time work, especially for men, may explain why commute times have fallen for men but increased for women.

What percentage of grandparents in the UK provide regular childcare ?

What percentage of grandparents in the UK provide regular childcare ?

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Almost 7 million grandparents in the UK provide regular childcare for children under 16. They say the main reason they do this is to allow the child's parents to go to work. This type of informal arrangement saves working parents thousands of pounds a year in nursery and child-minding costs. However, as more and more people work into their late 60s, many grandparents are struggling to balance their caring role while still going to work themselves.

Women still do the lion's share of housework.

Women still do the lion's share of housework.

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It may be the 21st century but women are still doing the vast majority of housework, according to a 2013 report by the thinktank IPPR. The number of “house husbands” in the UK has trebled in 15 years but only 62,000 say they take on the sole care of their family and homes.

 

According to the IPPR report, more than 87% of women said they do 7 or more hours of housework a week. Only 13% said their husbands did more than they do.

Working long hours increases your risk of:

Working long hours increases your risk of:

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Are you familiar with long working hours, being on call, or checking work-related emails when you should be relaxing? Research shows it takes a toll on your mental health. Long hours have also been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and night shifts have been linked with colon cancer. Try to resist the urge to check your laptop or smartphone for work messages. Take the holidays you have earned. Fend off depression by getting good sleep, eating a healthy diet, and staying active.

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