12x12 close outline12x12 edit12x12 headphones12x12 headphones outline12x12 pause outline12x12 pause12x12 play outline12x12 play12x12 stop12x12 stop outline12x12 envelope outline12x12 video outline12x12 download outline12x12 share outline12x12 share12x12 caret up outline12x12 caret right outline12x12 caret left outline12x12 caret down outline16x16 arrow right16x16 arrow left16x16 back to top16x16 caret up16x16 caret right16x16 caret left16x16 caret down16x16 check16x16 clock16x16 download16x16 envelope16x16 heart16x16 headphones16x16 info16x16 map pointer16x16 music16x16 pause16x16 phone16x16 photo16x16 play16x16 print16x16 search16x16 stop16x16 share16x16 warning16x16 talk16x16 user16x16 overflow horizontal16x16 overflow vertical16x16 microphone16x16 arrow left outline16x16 arrow right outline16x16 caret down outline16x16 caret top outline16x16 caret left outline16x16 caret right outline16x16 calendar outline16x16 headphones outline16x16 info outline16x16 pause outline16x16 play outline16x16 stop outline16x16 user outline16x16 warning outline16x16 apple16x16 facebook16x16 google16x16 instagram16x16 rss16x16 twitter16x16 youtube16x16 maboutiqueradio16x16 cart16x16 thumbs down16x16 thumbs up16x16 volume down16x16 mute16x16 volume up16x16 close16x16 spotify12x12 arrow left outline12x12 arrow right outline16x16 link12x12 photo outline16x16 google podcasts16x16 apple podcasts
  • Home
  • New poll shows growing support for a shorter workweek in Canada

New poll shows growing support for a shorter workweek in Canada

New poll shows growing support for a shorter workweek in CanadaFrancesco Carta fotografo / Moment / Getty Images

As many Canadians adjust to new working conditions, a new poll indicates more and more Canadians support a shorter workweek as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend their working lives.

According to a new study by the Angus Reid Institute, the majority of applicants were in favor of the change.

More than half of Canadians (53 per cent) surveyed by the non-profit research centre said they felt it would be a good idea to make a new 30-hour workweek standard in Canada.

According to the study, the concept of a shorter workweek, much like that of the universal basic income, finds its highest levels of support among younger Canadians.

Asked if Canada would consider a four-day workweek after the pandemic is over, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not rule it out.

 “Right now we’re very much focused on getting through this particular crisis, and we’ll have plenty of time to talk about particularly creative ideas on moving forward, but I’m not going to speculate on what any of them might be,” he said at his daily briefing.

The shorter workweek approach to business has been gaining more and more attention. Not long-ago Andrew Barnes, founder of the New Zealand company Perpetual Garden made headlines around the world when he decided to give his employees a paid day off from work every week.  

“This is all about working smarter, not working longer,” said Barnes, whose firm manages wills, trusts, and estates. We have this perception that you’ve got to work five days a week, 9-5. What we are really talking about is changing how people are behaving when they are at the office,” he told CNBC’s The Exchange.

In other words, he believes employees perform better and are much happier. They still get 100% of their salary, but only work 80% of the standard hours. And ever since his experimented, plenty of other studies have backed him up, showing the pros outweigh the cons.

Whether or not a four-day workweek will become the standard in Canada remains to be seen but with 2020 bringing so much change in the world, anything is possible.

Live from 8:20 AM to 12:00 PM
0
100
Votre version d'internet explorer est trop basse. Utilisez au moins la version 11 ou un navigateur récent comme Google Chrome.