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Apparently September 23rd is National Go Home on Time day, part of National Work Life Week, according to the group Working Families.

Research by the organisation suggests that:

  • 60% of people work late every day
  • 22% of those people persistently work longer hours than those they are contracted for
  • 58% of working parents say that working late is the only way they can get the work done that they need to
  • 40% say that work impinges on family time

The research suggests that working late is a strong part of organisational culture - long hours are simply "expected". This is often also cited as one reason for the gender pay gap and so-called "glass ceiling"; women who might work really efficiently during the day in order to go home on time may be seen as not pulling their weight in the office.

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