Britons are putting their relationships in danger by investing more time and effort into their working life than into their home life, a new study suggests.
Around 41 per cent of the workers surveyed by the At Home Society admitted to investing more time in their relationships with colleagues at work than their relationships with loved ones at home.
People were also found to be spending less time at home, with 33 per cent of workers admitting to returning from work after 8pm on an average day, three per cent higher than last year's study.
Even though workers were staying in the office longer, however, their productivity levels dropped, with 44 per cent admitting that after 6pm, they got very little constructive work done.
Having a drink with colleagues after work was another temptation, with the study finding that as many as 46 per cent of stay-at-home partners felt that their other half was spending too much time with work colleagues after hours.
"Whatever people think they are achieving by spending this hour with colleagues, they need to be aware that this is a sacrifice of vital relationship-building time at home," said report author Dr Roger Henderson.
"People may regard their personal relationship as solid, but it’s all too easy to take it for granted. Over time, the consequences of prioritising workmates over winding down at home will, in my opinion, lead to serious problems."