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Work / Life Statistics

  • Time stress is highest among married men and women aged 25 to 44 who have children and who hold full-time paid jobs. 85% of women and 79% of men in this category reported that weekdays were too short to accomplish what they needed to do. Statistics Canada (1999, November 9). General Social Survey: Time Use. The Daily (on-line) Available at:
  • More than half of Canadians aged 25 to 44 worry that they do not have enough time to spend with their family and friends. Statistics Canada (1999, November 9). General Social Survey: Time Use. The Daily (on-line) Available at:
  • The outsourcing of households "now represents business revenue of more than $50 billion a year in 2003 and almost a million new jobs in our workplace of 9.5 million people." (BRW, Oct 2003).

Work breakdown of how employees spend their time:

On the Internet:
25% of employees said they spent 10-30 minutes per day surfing non-work related sites. 27% said they spent 30 minutes to an hour, while 12% said they spent one to two hours online. 13% admitted to spending more than 2 hours per day on the Internet., September 2000

In meetings:
Employees spend 8 1/2 hours a week in meetings. Middle managers spend 10 1/2 hours per week. Top executives spend 12 hours a week in meetings. "USA Today", March 18, 2002

Business travel accounts for approximately 5.1 hours per week, on average. Pace Productivity Inc.

Waiting for their computers:
Office workers "fuss" with their machines an average of 5.1 hours each week, waiting for software programs to run or for help to arrive, with double-checking printouts for accuracy and format following as a close second. SBT Accounting System, 1997

Did you know ....

During our lifetime, it has been shown that we spend:

23 years Sleeping
19 years Working
9 years on Leisure Activities
7 years Traveling
6 years Eating 3 years Being Sick
2 years on Personal Hygiene
1 year on Religious Activities Paul Rice, Time source released a study on the importance that workers and human resource departments place on work/life balance initiatives. The study’s results show that workers place a higher value on work/life balance benefits than their human resource departments.

The Worker's Point of View:

  • 89% of employees believe that work/life balance programs, such as flextime and telecommuting are important when evaluating a new job
  • More than 75% of workers believe that work/life balance initiatives result in more loyal and efficient employees
  • 29% of workers view their employer’s work/life balance initiatives as good or excellent

The HR Point of View:

  • 50% of HR professionals believe that work/life balance initiatives to be important for their company
  • 61% of HR professionals believe there will be more employer-provided work/life balance initiatives in 5 years
  • 56% of HR professionals believe that general work/life balance will improve in future
  • 60% of workers say that they spend too much time working

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