CROP-Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés survey finds long working hours to be a firmly established culture in Quebec organizations

A CROP survey conducted for the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés) in June indicates that working long hours seems to be common practice in Quebec.

According to the survey, close to two workers out of three (64%) believe that getting to work early and leaving late is viewed favourably in their organization. Interestingly, this belief is strongest among 18-to-34-year olds (71%).

In addition, 60% of respondents think that their employer expects them to work overtime. This figure rises to 67% for men, versus 52% for women.

“When employees work long hours, it’s seen as a sign of their commitment to their employer. However, the down side is that this culture can encourage unhealthy competition among employees. Those who work long hours are perceived as good employees, while the others are considered to be less effective. What’s more, subjecting employees to too much pressure and long working hours could lead to stress, health, mobilization or productivity problems down the road,” explained Florent Francoeur, CHRP, president and CEO of the Ordre.

Excusable absences not always recognized

The survey also shows that more than one respondent out of four (26%) feels that absence due to illness is frowned upon in their workplace. This figure drops to 19% for absences for family reasons (e.g. a sick child).

“Even though we’ve made some progress in balancing work and family life, we still have a fair way to go. It’s definitely not an advantage for employers to have to cope with employees who aren’t well or who are worried about a sick child. It’s important to adopt HR management practices that promote a better balance between the organization’s needs and those of its employees,” concluded Francoeur.

To learn more…
Download the results of the CROP survey (in French only).