According to a CROP survey conducted on behalf of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés, the summer isn’t necessarily a time when Quebec workers can sit back and relax.
Nearly one respondent in three (28%) reported they plan to work during their vacation this summer, even if it’s just to respond to emergencies or to answer e-mails. This percentage rose to 35% for men.
In addition, 36% of workers said they’d have a heavier workload because of their own or their co-workers’ vacations.
“The fact that these figures are fairly high is a cause for concern because vacations are important. Employees need time off to recharge their batteries. Otherwise, employers are opening the door to problems like absenteeism, lack of motivation or poor health,” warned Florent Francoeur, CHRP, Ordre president and CEO.
Work/family balance: harder to achieve in the summer?
As concerns work/family balance, the survey indicates that 22% of respondents have more trouble balancing the two in the summer.
At 29%, the percentage is even higher for women, climbing to 37% for households with annual incomes between $20,000 and $40,000, and 35% among less educated workers.
The findings of the CROP-CRHA survey are available by clicking here. (in French only)