When it comes to family time in the work-life balance, one particular time may be the most important: the dinner hour.
A recent study from researchers at Brigham Young University suggests that long hours on the job cause higher work-life conflict when they regularly interrupt dinnertime.
Researchers looked at data from a large IBM survey and focused on 1,500 U.S. workers with children under 18. They found that the work-family conflict associated with working longer hours dropped significantly for women who didn't miss dinnertime. Indeed, working long hours can take a toll personally and professionally (it's called burnout), but making it home for dinner can mitigate the impact.
The takeaway: Companies may benefit if they find a way for employees to work long hours but make it home in time for dinner, according to the study.
It's one more reason—along with high gas prices—to lobby for a telecommuting day (or two).