Credit: UC Davis Health System

According to the ACTU, Australians are under too much pressure at work, and as a result, their family life quality is going down.

Ged Kearney, president of ACTU said in a statement that it is getting harder, not easier for working people and this is having a negative effect on family life and the whole Australian community.

The quality of family life for more than 2 million Australian workers is getting worse while the number of full-time employees reporting dissatisfaction with their work-life balance has risen up based on the just-released data from the Work and Life Index 2010.

According to the report, one in four working women are dissatisfied with the work-life balance and males aged 29 to 49 have the longest working hours and worse work-life balance compared to other males.

Mr Kearney said, The pressure of work, casualization, and a lack of job security means workers are under enormous stress and their families are suffering.

He also said, This report is a timely reminder that we work to live, not live to work.

The improvement of employees' work-life balance depends on the role of businesses and governments and a call for a new approach is very much needed to help working families.