Uncategorised, Work life balance

Are Modern Communications a Burden to Family Life?

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The 2020 Modern Families Index found that 44% of parents check their emails or do other work at night. Of those, three quarters said they did not have a choice, an increase since the study was carried out last year. And that is causing tension at home with more than half of respondents saying it led to arguments with their children or partner. The report said that the ability of working parents to “switch off” from their work was being undermined by the rise of modern communications, with almost half agreeing the boundaries between home and the workplace have blurred. https://www-bbc-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/…/business-51085719

Switching off from work and gadgets in the evening is an important part of improving health and wellbeing, but it seems that, despite flexible working practices becoming increasingly common, working from home and improved technology isn’t making life easier for parents. 

In fact it’s often leading to arguments as important family time is being swamped by work distractions. 

Being self-employed, I’ve been known to answer an email or two when I’m supposed to be relaxing with family, and it isn’t always appreciated. 

Is this something you’ve experienced too? 

Have you done anything to try to combat this, such as leaving your phone in another room?

Or would you argue that emailing in the evening allows you to make time to spend time with family and friends at other times?

Either way, I’d love to hear your experiences and suggestions for improving work/life balance. It’s so important to us all.

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