Here at Hoppy we believe your home should be a haven after a tough day at the office but for over a third of stressed out British workers (36%), running their home is as or more stressful than their day job, with one in three working men (30%) staying late in the office to skive household chores, new research finds.
The Happy Home study, conducted by YouGov for Hoppy, the UK’s #1 home management site, reveals that 40% of the nation are stressed out about their household to-do list, and 75% feel unhappy with their current home environment.
- Over a third of frazzled British workers (36%)[i] find running their home as or more stressful than their day jobs
- One in three working men (30%)[ii] stay late at the office to ‘skive’ household chores
- 28% [iii] of working men would rather go to the gym than do the dishes
- Women ‘work’ the equivalent of 14 more days every year[iv] in the home than men
We teamed up with Chartered psychologist, Dr Linda Papadopoulos, who explains;
I regularly see couples in my clinic who are struggling to juggle the demands of running a home, on top of other pressures such as career and family, and this often leads to cracks in their relationship.
“The secret to maintaining a harmonious home life is really to keep expectations realistic. Accept a bit of clutter or mess from time to time, and prioritise quality time with the people that matter. It’s also really important to respect one another and divide and conquer. Your partner or housemate is so much more than a cleaner or a cook, you both need down time to make sure you are nourished and can sustain healthy relationships and the demands of everyday life.”
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[i] Data taken from YouGov online research of 2,000 Brits commissioned by Hoppy in August 2018. Percentage based on GB workers who are stressed. Where footnotes are not specified, percentages are based on all Brits.
[ii] Percentage based on all GB workers.
[iii] Percentage based on all GB workers.
[iv] Calculation based on total time spent on household management for all Brits:
Men - 37.7hrs per month
Women – 47.5hrs per month
Over a year, this is the equivalent to women working on average 14 days* more every year than men on household management based on a standard working day of 8 hours.
[v] Calculation as above