The “hidden costs” of vacations are falling in Canada

On average, Canadians work 20 extra hours to make up for their absence. (Photo: 123RF)

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RÉVEIL MATIN. It is the first time in six years that Canadians are working so little to make up for their absence from work, we learn in a survey released by payroll specialist ADP Canada on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

The company – which is used to publishing this data on the “hidden costs” of holidays a few days before the holiday season – shows in its report that they only want an average of only 20 more hours, before or after taking a rest, for to compensate for the accumulated delay.

In 2019 or 2020, remember, this number was more like 33 hours and 34 hours.

Almost 36% of Canadians will therefore not have to work overtime before enjoying their holidays this year. Almost half of the respondents cannot say the same.

Quebecers appear to be doing better than the Canadian average: 47% of respondents will not be forced to work more, while 41% will have to work at least one to seven more hours.

During the 2019 holiday season, almost 64% of Canadians and 53% of Quebecers surveyed had been forced to do more to avoid being overwhelmed by the pile of things to reach when they returned.

The time banks are not completely exhausted

While additional vacations may attract candidates, not everyone can enjoy the rest allotted to them by their boss, according to the firm ADP Canada. And the gap between what is allowed and what is used seems to be widening.

This year, in the province as in the rest of the country, almost 30% of respondents were able to enjoy their entire day off. If they couldn’t empty their time bank, 36% of Canadians and 43% of Quebecers were able to take at least half of it.

But 29% of Canadians and 23% of Quebecers cannot even say the same.

From coast to coast, while these data are similar to what was recorded last year, within a few percentage points they are still well below what was observed in 2019, the report from ADP Canada emphasizes.

On average, 48% of people surveyed across the country had been able to take advantage of all the holidays they were given. In Quebec, this figure reached 64%.

“By helping workers prioritize healthy lifestyle habits at work, organizations can help increase employee engagement and retention,” the company’s vice president of marketing Heather Haslam said in a statement. 2023 will be an opportunity for employers to empower their employees in terms of wellbeing, encouraging workers to recharge and disconnect, thereby promoting engagement and productivity.”

It must be remembered that these moments spent outside the workplace have great benefits in helping to reduce stress and improve the morale and level of satisfaction of your team members.

What are you doing in your organization to ensure that your employees can take advantage of all the vacation time promised to them?

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