Canadians Take a Surprising Amount of Vacation Time

Survey results explode the myth that Canadians can't disengage when they take time off

Written by Canadian Business Staff

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll„¢ among 1,087 Canadians 18 years of age and older, the average amount of vacation time given to employed workers is about 4 weeks (3.7), while the self-employed take a similar amount of time off (4.0 weeks, on average). Amount of vacation given varies by sector, between 4.3 weeks in government service to 3.1 weeks in retail and 2.9 weeks in farming and forestry.

On average, employed Canadians take about 3.5 weeks of vacation a year, out of the 3.9 they are allowed. This ranges from about 3.9 weeks among professionals and management to about 2.9 weeks among those in the farming and forestry sector.

Two thirds of Canadians agree the amount of vacation time they are given or give themselves is sufficient (63%), and most agree “strongly” (38%).

Just 4-in-10 Canadians say they stay in touch with work by email or phone during vacations (39%). Incidence of this behaviour is higher among those in professional occupations (55%) and in the resource and energy sector (57%)

Two thirds of employed Canadians will travel (or travelled) during their vacation this year (63%), while about 4-in-10 say they will stay home (43%).

“As 4 weeks, or one eighth of the working year, appears to be the norm for vacations in Canada, we can hardly say we’re overworked. Also, most Canadians take all the vacation they’re given, which explodes another myth about people who can’t disengage,” said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

The typical PROFIT 500 CEO works an average of 56 hours a week. We wonder if they’re taking four weeks vacation. Are you? Leave your comments below.

Originally appeared on canadianbusiness.com

Originally appeared on PROFITguide.com