The UK’s working parents are suffering from poorly-designed jobs that force them to work extra hours, according to a major new study published by Working Families and Bright Horizons. The findings have emerged from the Modern Families Index 2019, a survey of 2,750 working parents showing how they manage the balance between work and family life. The survey found that many parents grapple with unmanageable workloads owing, in part, to a workplace culture of presenteeism. 78% of parents are working beyond their contracted hours. Of those who put in extra work, 60% report that doing so is necessary to deal with their workload and over half (52%) said that working extra hours is part of their organisation’s culture.
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