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Go Home on Time Day 2013

By: Tanya Di Michele

Category: Health & Safety, People

  4.05 PM 4 November, 2013

Location: General

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Are you a slave to your smartphone?

Do you struggle to juggle work demands with the school run?

Are you stressed about working more or less hours than you want to?

The fact is, a poor work/life balance has a direct impact on your health, relationships and workplace.

Now in its fifth year, Go Home on Time Dayon Wednesday 20 November is a great way to recognise that life doesn't need to revolve around work.

Last year you may recall that Organisational Wellbeing promoted Go Home on Time Day at CFA. We have decided to once again promote this day. 

So how do you get involved? You’ll need to focus on the little things that don’t cost any money. Go to your work calendar or diary now and check your commitments and meetings scheduled for the 20th November 2013. If the workload scheduled for 20th November will prevent you from leaving work at the time you should, consider the suggestions below:

  • Block out the period 4pm to 5pm for tidy up work or minor tasks
  • Start a discussion with your line manager about leaving on time on the 20th November.
  • Reschedule non urgent meetings that occur in the last hour of your work day
  • If you must attend a meeting that will require you to work past your normal finish time, speak to your line manager about starting later in the morning, therefore maintaining a healthy work/life balance on the 20th November
  • Make plans with a loved one, friend or colleague to meet up for dinner or a movie. Since you’ll be leaving on time, you’re more committed (and able) to make it to social engagements.
  • Encourage working family members and brigade members to adopt GHOTD as well.
  • If you notice a colleague making plans or attending to work that may commit them to staying back later, ask if they’re participating in GHOTD


  • Unpaid overtime equates to $109.6 billion or 7.4 per cent of GDP
  • One in two Australians don't spend as much time with our family as we'd like because
    of work
  • Overwhelmingly evidence shows a direct link between working conditions and mental health.

Please remember that CFA provides a range of welfare services to support members and their immediate family members.  These services are free and confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


  • Peer support can be accessed through the Rostered Duty Officer, Office in Charge, Line Manager or the Peer Coordinator
  • Chaplains can be contacted directly or by contacting Converge International on 1800 337 068
  • Psychologists/Counsellors can be contacted directly by contacting the Member Assistance Program on 1300 795 711


Welfare services are short term in nature. Members with long term clinical or complex needs will be linked to appropriate services where relevant, such internal services (WorkCover or Volunteer Compensation) and external community based agencies.

Last Updated: 04 November 2013