Un­plug your­self on va­ca­tion, HR ad­vi­sor says

Cape Breton Post - - BUSINESS EXTRA -

TORONTO — It ap­pears a ma­jor­ity of work­ing Cana­di­ans don’t mind han­dling work-re­lated mat­ters on their own time — ex­cept dur­ing va­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing an online sur­vey pub­lished Thurs­day. The Rand­stad hu­man re­sources ad­vi­sory firm says 59 per cent of the adult Cana­dian em­ploy­ees sur­veyed in April and May said they didn’t mind han­dling work-re­lated mat­ters on their own time. That num­ber dropped to 40 per cent when it came to va­ca­tions, although Rand­stad says there was a big dif­fer­ence be­tween the sexes — with men much more likely than women to say they choose to do work dur­ing their hol­i­days. It says 60 per cent of the men sur­veyed said they felt pres­sured by a boss to be avail­able by email or phone while on va­ca­tion, com­pared with 45 per cent of the women sur­veyed. Rand­stad says em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees should rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing peo­ple have a chance to rest — or risk ex­haus­tion. Rand­stad Canada’s Faith Tull says em­ploy­ers have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to help em­ploy­ees strike the right bal­ance, which she says is es­sen­tial to keep­ing them mo­ti­vated and ready for new chal­lenges. “We need to en­cour­age them to dis­con­nect com­pletely from time to time, and be care­ful as man­agers not to blur the lines be­tween home and work,” Tull says. Rand­stad says its sur­vey is con­ducted four times a year in 33 coun­tries, with at least 400 in­ter­views per coun­try it cov­ers. Re­spon­dents are aged 18 to 65 and work at least 24 hours per week in a paid job, ex­clud­ing self-em­ployed peo­ple.

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