Survey Shows Year-End Workload Remains High for Seven out of 10 Workers

    TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - Office parties and other festivities are common
this time of year, but so, too, are an abundance of year-end projects. Seven
out of 10 (70 per cent) professionals surveyed said their workloads either
increase or stay the same during the holidays.
    The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest
specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping
professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm, and is based
on telephone interviews with 539 workers 18 years of age or older and employed
in an office environment.

    Workers were asked, "Does your workload typically increase, decrease or
stay the same during the holidays?" Their responses:

                        Increase ................ 28%
                        Stay the same ........... 42%
                        Decrease ................ 26%
                        Don't know ..............  4%

    "In many industries, multiple projects must be completed before the close
of the year, making it an especially busy period," said Max Messmer, chairman
of Accountemps and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies(R), 2nd edition
(John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "Many employees also take vacation days during the
holidays, which can leave fewer staffing resources available."

    Accountemps offers the following advice to help managers keep projects on
track during the busy holiday season:

    -   Plan with your team. Allow adequate time to prepare for major year-
        end projects and set clear expectations for the group and about each
        individual's specific role.

    -   Schedule time off strategically. Maintain an employee vacation
        calendar to determine if you will have enough staff on hand during
        the holidays and where potential time-off gaps may exist. Make the
        schedule available to the group so they can see when colleagues will
        be out of the office.

    -   Seek interim assistance. If your department is spread thin, consider
        interim staff to assist with end-of-year projects. Have employees who
        are taking time off prepare transition materials to help temporary
        professionals get up to speed quickly.

    Accountemps has more than 350 locations throughout North America, Europe
and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search services at

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Montreal,
    Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at
    416-365-9140, extension 62070.

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