CROP-ORHRI survey finds long working hours to be a firmly established culture in Quebec organizations

    MONTREAL, Aug. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - A CROP survey conducted for the Ordre
des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (ORHRI) 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
    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...

    The complete results of the CROP-ORHRI survey are available at (in French only).

    ORHRI is the primary human resources management and industrial relations
reference organization in Quebec. Recipient of a Grand Prix québécois de la
qualité 2005, it has a membership of close to 9,500 dynamic professionals,
including almost 7,500 CHRPs and CIRCs. It is the only organization authorized
by the Professional Code to confer the designations of certified human
resources professional and certified industrial relations counsellor. Active
in all sectors - businesses, government organizations, unions, academia,
consulting firms - CHRPs and CIRCs work in industrial relations, human
resources management, occupational health and safety and in-house professional

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