Canadians Badly Stressed From Work/Life Balancing Act

Canadian workers at all levels are struggling with conflicting demands on their time and are increasingly incapable of finding a comfortable balance between their work and personal lives, the latest instalment from a massive new national study shows. The work/life results from the study commissioned by Health Canada reveals a changed work force that is having tremendous difficulty. Co-authors Linda Duxbury and Chris Higgins, both business professors, surveyed 31,571 workers from 100 public-, private- and not-for-profit employers, each with 500 or more employees.

Duxbury says Canadian workers “have reached the end of their rope” and are crying out for help. The question is whether anyone — at work or in government — is listening. Respondents were asked to complete a 12-page survey document, the last page of which invited them to write comments about the tricky business of balancing the affairs of one’s work and life. Ten thousand respondents took the time to provide substantive answers that Duxbury and Higgins have used to put a human face on their report, titled Voices of Canadians: Seeking Work-Life Balance.

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