Canadian HR Reporter

March 2020 CAN

Canadian HR Reporter is the national journal of human resource management. It features the latest workplace news, HR best practices, employment law commentary and tools and tips for employers to get the most out of their workforce.

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16 www.hrreporter.com M A R K E T N E W S NEWS BRIEFS More than half of Canadians don't take the full amount of vacation to which they're entitled, according to a survey of 906 Canadian full-time, part- time or self-employed workers. More than one in five cite a heavy workload as the main reason keeping them from taking their full allotment of time off: The incidental costs of working in an office environment surrounded by co-workers can cost workers nearly one month's pay, according to a survey of more than 2,000 office staff in the U.K. In considering an average salary of $51,598, it found employees spend about $2,908.96 per year. Many workers skipping vacation Office life proving costly for employees Unemployment rates by province Source: Nationwide Building Society (U.K.) Cards and gifts (birthdays, colleagues leaving, retirements, weddings, births, bereavements): $935.89 Office spending: $495.83 Clothes and bags: $261.96 Technology (tablet, phone, mouse, calculator): $195.81 Coffees and teas: $194.99 Comfort items: $161.41 Stationery: $158.56 Charity and sponsorship requests: $154.69 Other equipment: $148.79 The unemployment rate in most regions has been on a downward trend since 2015, according to Statistics Canada's annual survey of labour force characteristics. While Saskatchewan and Alberta's 2019 figures were higher than in 2015, they have still been trending downward after a 2016 jump. Source: ADP Canada 52% of working Canadians don't take their full vacation allowances. 30% of those feel they have enough time off during the year and do not need to take the full amount. 22% of those do not take all their vacation because their workload is too high. 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Canada 6.9 7.0 6.3 5.8 5.7 Newfoundland & Labrador 12.8 13.4 14.8 13.8 11.9 P.E.I. 10.4 10.7 9.8 9.4 8.8 Nova Scotia 8.6 8.3 8.4 7.5 7.2 New Brunswick 9.8 9.5 8.1 8.0 7.9 Quebec 7.6 7.1 6.1 5.5 5.1 Ontario 6.8 6.5 6.0 5.6 5.6 Manitoba 5.6 6.1 5.4 6.0 5.3 Saskatchewan 5.0 6.3 6.3 6.1 5.4 Alberta 6.0 8.1 7.8 6.6 6.9 British Columbia 6.2 6.0 5.1 4.7 4.7 Yukon 6.3 5.6 3.6 2.7 3.6 Northwest Territories 8.3 7.4 6.6 7.3 8.2 Nunavut 15.9 14.9 14.6 14.1 13.4

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