Many Canadians probably feel as if they are spending more time on the job. Now, a new study by Statistics Canada finds they are right: Workers are spending more time at work and less time with their families.
On average, workers spent 45 minutes less time with their families during workdays in 2005 than they did almost two decades earlier, says the study released Tuesday.
“I wanted to look at younger workers. My expectation was that we could see an increase in the time they spend with their family compared to 20 years ago,” said Martin Turcotte, author of the study entitled “Time Spent with Family during a Typical Workday.”
He said previous research has indicated that workers aged 25-34 don’t want to sacrifice their family life for their careers so Turcotte was expecting to see that reflected in the study. But he found that all Canadian workers are putting in more time at work at the expense of their families.
“The fact that there was a decline for all categories of workers was interesting and maybe surprising to me,” he said.
While 45 minutes every day might not seem like much, the time adds up. Based on a 260-day work year, that means 195 fewer hours spent with the family in 2005 than in 1986. That’s almost five, 40-hour work weeks. Continued...