Quebecers find an almost-perfect balance at work

Most employees in Quebec think their workload is just right
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 12/04/2006

The vast majority of workers in Quebec feel that their workload is fair though many don’t feel that their salary is reflective of how much work they have, according to a new survey conducted for Quebec's HR association, the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (ORHRI).

The survey of 1,000 Quebec workers found that while 23 per cent of workers in Quebec say their workload is too heavy, more than two-thirds, at 69 per cent, consider it just right. While only 17 per cent of men think they have too much work, the percentage climbs to 30 per cent of women educated for 16 years or more.

“This difference is probably because women still have to handle numerous family responsibilities along with their career. That’s why it’s important for organizations to put effective measures in place to balance work and family life,” said ORHRI chair, Alain Desgagné.

Of those who feel their workload is too heavy, 73 per cent think their employer is aware of the fact, compared to 27 per cent who don’t.

“Obviously, performance evaluations provide an excellent opportunity to address this issue. Job descriptions and objectives can be reviewed at the time of annual evaluations. They are an excellent way to bring things into balance,” said Desgagné.

Workload and salary

More than half of respondents, at 58 per cent, feel their salary takes workload sufficiently into account. Men are the most optimistic in this respect at 65 per cent, compared to only 45 per cent of women.

On the other hand, 42 per cent of workers feel their pay doesn’t take their workload into consideration. This percentage rises to 53 per cent for women and 56 per cent for households with annual incomes between $20,000 and $40,000.

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