Working on Family Day

    Ontario Poll Results and Expert Analysis from Queen's School of Business

    KINGSTON, ON, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - New survey results reveal that although
six in ten (61 per cent) Ontarians will have February 18th (Family Day) off as
a new statutory holiday, 13 per cent of those with a holiday plan to work at
least one hour that day.
    Dr. Julian Barling ( - one of North America's
leading published researchers on workplace stress - is available to call upon
a wealth of research and workplace fieldwork to support strong opinions on
leadership; workplace stress and violence; labour relations; and work and

    According to Dr. Barling:

    -   Time off from work is at best, a very brief respite from the stress
        and, for many people, the drudgery of work.  Instead of one new day
        off, a better approach would be for organizations to ensure that
        employees have more interesting work, and better bosses. Otherwise
        all we are doing is letting them stay away for 24 hours, and then
        returning them to the same toxic circumstances.
    -   As the poll results confirm, we can expect to see many people -
        especially managers - remain tethered to their work by mobile phones
        and Blackberry devices.
    -   Naming this holiday "Family Day" might not be the most appropriate
        choice - not everyone has family.

    Dr. Barling is available to provide his unique, opinionated and
insightful analysis on the issues of Ontario's new Family Day.

    About the poll: The poll was conducted by Harris/Decima between, January
31st and February 3rd, 2008 via a national omnibus telephone survey among a
representative sample of 205 working adult Ontarians. The margin of error is
+/- 6.8%, 19 times out of 20.

For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview, please contact: Lisa
Brophy-Gervais, (613) 533-2269, Amber Wallace, (613) 533-3151, Queen's School
of Business

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