Working Long Hours is the New Norm
“With our hyperconnected and global work world, it is no surprise many of us are putting in overtime hours. It’s important to be aware of long hours combined with a gruelling commute. Workers could be facing burnout all too soon and that’s where flexible workspaces like Regus provide a nice solution.”
41% of Canadian professionals work a full extra day or more
September means back to school for the kids and back to work for professionals. And unfortunately, according to the latest research by Regus many can expect to put in long hours during the upcoming year with 41% of Canadian professionals saying they work a full extra day or more of overtime each week.
The research by global workplace provider, Regus, which surveys over 44,000 business people from more than 100 countries, found that worldwide, working long hours has become the norm with most workers putting in at least a small amount of overtime every week. Canada is no different with workers here putting in more hours than the global average.
The majority of Canadians who work overtime are putting in a whopping 8-12 hours more each week, compared to globally where the majority report doing around 2 – 4 hours more each week. Additionally, 16 per cent of Canadians are teetering close to burn out and putting in over 15 hours, basically working the equivalent of a seven-day week.
Workers report the day they are most likely to put in overtime hours is Monday (18%) when they likely want to catch up from the weekend and get ahead of the week, while Friday people are keen to get out and start the weekend with only 7 per cent reporting they work longer hours on Friday. However, the weekends are no exception for putting in hours with 14% and 13% reporting they work on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Key findings include:
- Most Canadian workers do around 8-12 hours of work more each week (18%);
- Those in central Canada are more likely to put in 8-12 hours at 20.5%, followed by western Canada at 18%, Quebec at 16.3% and Eastern Canada at 15.8%
- Only 12% of Canadians report doing one or less hours of overtime, meaning that if Canadians are putting in overtime, it is a substantial amount of time
- 16% report putting in 2-8 hours, 16% are working 15+ hours, only 12% are working one hour or less
- Globally, 38% of professionals work a full extra day or more. In Canada, the number rises to 41%.
- Monday is when most workers will likely put in their overtime (18%) followed by Saturday at 14%. Very few will choose to work overtime on Friday at 7%.
“With our hyperconnected and global work world, it is no surprise many of us are putting in overtime hours,” said Wayne Berger, VP of Regus Canada. “It’s important to be aware of long hours combined with a gruelling commute. Workers could be facing burnout all too soon and that’s where flexible workspaces like Regus provide a nice solution.”
With so many employees working long hours, it’s important for senior managers to be aware of the location work is being carried out. If workers are able to carry out an acceptable amount of overtime from a location closer to home, they benefit from a shorter commute and more efficient use of their time. Flexible workspaces like Regus provide a solution to help give workers a better work-life balance by reducing the long commute and providing a more efficient use of time with a professional workspace closer to home than downtown centres.
Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of 2,500 locations in 106 countries and 900 cities provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.
The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 2.1 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.
Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com