Will long weekends replace vacations? Findings of a CROP-ORHRI survey

    MONTREAL, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a CROP survey conducted for
the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (ORHRI) in May, close to half of Quebec
workers (42%) believe the practice of taking long weekends instead of entire
weeks of vacation is becoming more widespread in organizations.

    Are vacations on their way out?

    While long weekends seem to be taking over from real vacations, the
survey also indicates that 26% of workers plan to take a break of a week or
less over the summer. Among respondents aged 18 to 34, this percentage rises
to 33%.
    "These figures give some cause for concern. Vacations are necessary not
only because they affect workers' physical and mental health, but also because
they have a major impact on productivity. It's to employers' advantage to
instil a business culture that promotes healthy lifestyle habits. And real
vacations are a part of this culture," explained Florent Francoeur, CHRP,
Ordre president and CEO.

    Close to 50% of workers will take two to three weeks of vacation

    However, the survey also shows that 48% of Quebec workers plan to take
two to three weeks of vacation this summer, while one quarter (25%) will take
four weeks or more.
    The month of August is the most popular, with 51% of respondents
reporting that they intend to take all or part of their vacation at this time.
In contrast, 40% plan to take the last two weeks of July, the period that
corresponds to the construction holidays in Quebec. Interestingly, these two
weeks appear to be more popular with Francophones (44%) than with
non-Francophones (21%).

    Workers dream of six weeks vacation a year

    In general, respondents consider six weeks to be the ideal annual
vacation. More specifically, five and a half weeks is the goal of
18-to-34-year olds, versus eight weeks for those aged 55 and over.
    "These figures explode the myths about the different generations. Younger
workers are often more ambitious and put a stable and satisfying job ahead of
long vacations. Baby boomers, on the other hand, often enjoy better working
conditions, have been more spoiled and are close to retirement. It's logical
for them to want longer holidays," added Francoeur.

    To learn more...

    The complete results of the CROP-ORHRI survey are available at
www.orhri.org/presse (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 more than 9,000 dynamic professionals,
including over 7,000 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

For further information:

For further information: Caroline Benarrous, Coordinator, Event
organization and communications, 514 879-1636, ext. 224, 1-800-214-1609, ext.
224, Cell phone: (514) 941-1989, c.benarrous@orhri.org

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