Online concierge

This new Web-based benefit is popular with firms trying to alleviate employee stress.
By Janet Kraus
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

Time. It’s a precious commodity and between work and family responsibilities, most employees believe there are simply not enough hours in the day.

According to a 1997 workforce study conducted by the Families and Work Institute, a New York-based non-profit research group, mid- to upper-level managers report they work an average of 48 hours a week, and part-time employees say they put in more than 35 hours a week. What’s more, some researchers suspect that a significant number of these people work nearly 55 hours a week. About 78 per cent of married employees have a spouse who is also employed, leaving no one to handle the responsibilities of everyday life.

Now add to this commuting 10 hours a week, transporting kids 15 hours a week, and stressing 150 hours a week.