Long workweeks reality for HR: Survey

77 per cent worried about burnout, 25 per cent have poor work-life balance
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/14/2009

Only one in five HR professionals are working a typical 35- to 40-hour workweek and the majority of them believe they are working harder than their non-HR colleagues, according to the latest Pulse Survey.

The survey of 1,927 Canadian HR Reporter readers and members of the Human Resources Professionals Association found 20.8 per cent of respondents work between 35 and 40 hours. Another 24.7 per cent work between 40 and 44 hours, 31.2 per cent work between 44 and 50 hours and 20.9 per cent work more than 50 hours. Just 2.4 per cent work fewer than 35 hours.

Ian Trew, a human resources manager in Kingston, Ont., works anywhere from 45 to 60 hours a week. Trew’s work hours have increased over the past year because he has taken on extra responsibilities. He also takes work home and is often available after hours by phone or e-mail.