Work-life balance more elusive for shift workers: StatsCan

Shift workers also suffer more from work overload
||Last Updated: 06/04/2009

Shift workers have more problems with work-life balance and work overload than do regular day workers, according to a new study from Statistics Canada.

More than four million workers aged 19 to 64 work some kind of shift work, with 3.3 million working full time. Men make up the majority of shift workers at 63 per cent.

The report,

Work-Life Balance of Shift Workers

, found shift workers were somewhat more dissatisfied (29 per cent) with their work-life balance than were regular day workers (23 per cent). About 31 per cent of shift workers complained of being overloaded at work — having too much to do and not enough time to do it — compared with 27 per cent of regular day workers.

Shift workers were more likely to cut back on sleep, spend less time with their spouse and to worry about not spending enough time with family, compared to regular day workers.

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