Employees in this province are known to be hard workers. Not only do Albertans participate in the labour market in greater proportions, they tend to work more hours per week than employees elsewhere. But on the measure of weekly hours of work, one other province now takes top
In April, the average employee in our province worked 32.5 hours per week. That includes all full-time and parttime workers and also accounts for overtime hours. That is well above the national average of 30.4 hours of work.
But the province with employees putting in the longest hours is now Newfoundland and Labrador. In April, workers there put in 32.8 hours of work—about 20 minutes more per week than Alberta workers. The reasons for both provinces’ long hours is the same— the energy industry. The number of hours worked in both the oilsands as well as in Newfoundland’s offshore energy sector—and all of the indirect activity around the oil industry—is lifting the average number of hours worked in both provinces.
Hard work is usually seen as a virtue, but there is such a thing as working too hard. Workplace stress and burn-out are serious problems that can develop in workers if their regular jobs demand consistent overtime hours. It’s important to rest and enjoy life outside of work as well.*
*Courtesy of Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist, ATB Financial