Pune: Puneites prefer family and friends over socialising and spending extra time at work. This was revealed in a survey conducted by Genesis Management & Market Research Pvt Ltd and David Lyod Clubs Talwalkars.
The survey says 42 per cent of Puneites prefer to cut down ‘extra time at work’ and 23 per cent would give up socialising with friends to spend quality time with family. The survey was conducted in Hadapsar, Kothrud and Viman Nagar and other areas.
A total of 500 Punekars were interviewed face to face, over the telephone and through online survey methods about work-life balance, family time and leisure activities. These respondents were in the age group of 20 to 60 years, both male and female. Among them, 46 per cent were employed by private companies, the rest self-employed or in government service. Similarly, 75 per cent had a family of three or four and 25 per cent of had a family of more than five members.
33 per cent of Punekars said they are not spending their family time the way they would like to, due to time constraints as either they are too occupied with work, or too tired or just because they don’t have many options.
53 per cent of respondents said they spend more than an hour with their family every day.
How they spend time with their family?
- 31 per cent prefer to visit new places.
- 29 per cent relax and spend time at home.
- 24 per cent go out for recreational, sports and entertainment activities.
In reality, 61 per cent of these spend most of their family time at home, with 39 per cent with the television.
63 per cent of respondents said they take a few hours each week for themselves, 50 per cent stay at home and 41 per cent spend free time according to their likings. There is also 19 per cent, who feel it is difficult for them to find time to relax and do what they love doing at all. Around 18 per cent get self-time for a few hours each month.
Indulge in sports activities
Around 43 per cent of the respondents said sports plays a crucial role in their family’s day-to-day lives. 43 per cent showed interest in practising more sports and exercise but couldn’t due to various reasons. 60 per cent exercised together as a family and 29 per cent don’t do any sports together.
“Over the years, there is a change in working style irrespective of gender. Many opt for work from home or choose a workplace which is near their residence to give more time to family. Earlier, working class was struggling to manage work and home, however now they have found ease in both,” said Dr Seema Darode, a clinical and school psychologist.
“Several parents, again irrespective of gender, quit jobs to give more time to their children, unlike earlier, when only work took first priority. It is indeed a good change and people are taking it positively,” she added.