The personal lives of nearly one in three workers in Yorkshire are suffering because of work pressures, a poll published today has warned.

A survey by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health found 29 per cent of those surveyed in Yorkshire and the Humber said a relationship had been adversely affected by a poor work-life balance, with the two main problems being long working hours and high workloads.

The study of 2,000 people was carried out in the run-up to Valentine’s Day to explore how a poor work-life balance can drive a wedge between partners.

The organisation said people in Yorkshire and Humber are working harder than ever – and seeing their relationships outside work suffer as a consequence.

A straw poll carried out by the Telegraph & Argus in Bradford city centre found an equal mix between those who struggled to balance work and home commitments and those who said they managed a balance with no problems.

Bradford Chamber of Commerce echoed the sentiments made by IOSH. President Harold Robinson said: “Sometimes it can be difficult getting that balance right, especially in these tough times when many are concerned about jobs and bringing in sales and orders.

“Businesses want to see committed and dedicated staff doing their utmost for the cause but not at the expense of their personal relationships. Good employers will support their staff, not only in the workplace but, as far as possible without interference, outside as well.”

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