Canadians are working an average of four extra
days to make up for time off
TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2019 /CNW/ - An increasing number of
working Canadians anticipate putting in extra hours before or after
a vacation this year, according to ADP Canada's most recent
Workplace Insight Study.
Now in its fourth year, the study found the "time off tax" is
growing in both severity and scope. According to this year's
survey, 66 per cent of working Canadians say they are likely to do
extra work before or after their vacation.
The study, conducted by Leger on behalf of ADP Canada, revealed
workers who work extra hours anticipate spending an average of 16
hours on extra work before a vacation and an average of 17 hours on
extra work after a vacation.
This is an increase of ten hours in total when compared to last
"It's troubling more Canadians are putting in extra hours and
increasing the number of extra hours worked in order to take
vacation," said Hendrik Steenkamp,
Director of HR Operations and Advisory Services at ADP Canada. "To
avoid the effects of the time off tax, employers should ensure
their teams are properly resourced during vacation times. Managers
should promote a healthy work-life balance by encouraging employees
to disconnect while away, alleviating pressure to check in. This
helps increase employee satisfaction and retention while reducing
burnout and frustration."
- Fewer Canadians are disconnecting while on vacation
- Three in five workers (60%) check in with work at least once
when on vacation, while 39 per cent check in multiple times or
- Self-employed Canadians are significantly more likely to check
in while away from work (80% vs. 58% full time workers)
- Millennials and Gen Z are more likely to experience a
harsher "time off tax"
- Younger Canadian workers aged 18 to 34 are slightly more likely
to spend extra time doing work before and after a vacation than
other age groups (67% vs. 63% for those aged 35+)
- Nearly half (48%) of those 18-34 check in daily or multiple
times, while 70 per cent check in with work at some point while
- Less than half of working Canadians take their full vacation
allowances (48%) – why is this?
- 30 per cent feel they have enough time off during the year and
do not need to take the full amount
- 25 per cent are stockpiling their vacation days for the
- 22 per cent do not take all their vacation because their
workload is too high
- Workers 55 or older are more likely to say they book vacation
any time they want (67% vs. 43% for those aged 54 or younger)
An online survey of 1,562 Canadians was completed between
November 1 to 4, 2019, using Leger's
online panel. The margin of error for this study was +/- 2.5%, 19
times out of 20. Please note that throughout the report, only those
who work full-time, part-time or are self-employed/freelance (906
Canadians) are reported.
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SOURCE ADP Canada Co.