Interesting piece in Times Higher Education – danger of appearing a workaholic … my life is definitely rather unbalanced but tried to address with 4-day week + consultancy – the 4 days keep taking over!:
Any attempt to regulate the hours worked by academics would, of course, be doomed to failure. One major problem is defining where work stops and personal interest starts, differentiating between the voluntary and the contractual. Often, key elements of the contractual, such as research excellence framework submissions, can be produced only when academics have autonomy to set their own working patterns (remember the outcry at Liverpool Hope University in 2009 when academics were instructed to spend 35 hours a week on campus unless they obtained formal permission to work off site).
Read full article.