AB has longest work week in Canada

May 19, 2016

New report by @StatCan_eng shows average weekly earnings in AB were $1,128 in February, highest in the country. National average is at $924.

According to Statistics Canada, Alberta had the highest rate of workforce participation in the country in March of this year. The provincial rate of 73.3 per cent was well above the national average of 66.2 per cent. Statistics Canada calculates the rate by measuring the number of adults over the age of 15 who are either working or looking for work.

While jobs are plentiful in Alberta, there’s no free ride for those who come to work. In fact, Alberta is home to the longest work week in Canada.

The most recent data from Statistics Canada’s Payroll Employment, Earnings and Hours report show that the average employee in Alberta works 32.1 hours per week, including overtime. That’s more than two hours over the national average of 29.9 hours. The statistics include all part-time and full-time positions.

Excluding overtime hours, Alberta’s workers are slightly out-worked by those in Newfoundland and Labrador where the average regular work week is 30.2 hours—just 12 minutes longer than Alberta’s (30.0 hours).

The long work week and plentiful hours of overtime are welcomed by most. People who have relocated to Alberta have done so to work—and work hard. In that respect the long work week is a benefit.

However there’s an obvious drawback, and that’s work-life balance. Some people are working too hard and for too many hours each week. Burn-out, stress and other related health issues can be detrimental—not only for the worker, but also for employers. Albertans should be reminded that hard, long hours come with benefits, but that it’s also important to take care of one’s mental and physical health.


April is Stress Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to assess the sources of stress in your life, learn about effective coping skills and work on ways to reduce the stress you experience on a daily basis.

Statistics show that 1/3 of Canadians feel that they are constantly under stress trying to accomplish more than they can handle, that 2% of Canadian workers reported that they were on the verge of a breakdown, and that 50% of Canadian workers ages 25-44 worry that they do not spend enough time with friends and family.

Stress is your response to the world around you – like a situation or an event. While stress can be related to good or bad events, such as the stress felt the night before a wedding or the stress of bankruptcy, our body’s response can be the same. Like a race car at a starting line, the body gears-up to meet the challenge of the stressful situation.

First Steps to Effective Stress Management:

1. Recognize that you have the power to make decisions, to more effectively manage your stress level

2. Recognize your personal Signs of Stress

Stress can present itself in many ways.

The Physical signs of stress may include:

  •  Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Restless sleeps
  • Stomach and digestive problems

These symptoms are brought on by the release of adrenaline and cortisol, the hormones that ready our bodies for a “flight or fight” response.

Mental signs of stress:

  • Poor concentration
  • Racing thoughts
  • Low productivity
  • Forgetfulness

Emotional signs of stress:

  •  Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings

Spiritual signs of stress:

  • Cynicism
  • Lack of fulfilment

Social signs of stress:

  •  Intolerance for others
  • Lashing out

We’ve all experienced some of these signs in our lives brought on by varying degrees of stress. But if you have been experiencing these signs over a prolonged time, it may be an indicator that you have an unhealthy level of stress and you should take steps to eliminate the stressors.

3. Look more closely at your lifestyle and see what can be changed in:

  • Your work situation
  • Your family situation
  • Your thoughts
  • Your schedule

It would be nice if there were one simple way to manage stress, but all our challenges are as diverse and individual as we are. We’ve each got to figure out what works best for us in all sorts of situations.

While there’s no “magic pill” for stress management, there are many things you can do to prevent and manage stress in your life:

April is National Stress Awareness Month, and it comes as no surprise that job searches are definitely stressful. Being stressed is never fun and can even lead to negative health consequences so we want to help you take the stress out of your employment hunt. Read on to see our tips for de-stressing your job search!


Clean Up Your Resume

Being confident in your resume can take unneeded worry out of the equation. Taking time to organize and remove clutter from your resume can be a great way to destress from your job search. A clean and logically ordered resume is easiest for employers to read and understand. Instead of paragraphs, use bullet points and simplify your word choices for increased readability. List your past employment in order from most recent to less recent and remove any extraneous details that may cloud the overall message of your resume.


Take the Stress Out of Your Interview


Nervous for a big interview? Try listening to some pump up jams on your way there to take your mind off the impending meeting. Get there early, take a deep breath, and review the material you brought with you.


Take the Day Off


Turn off your computer and put down the employment classifieds. Spend the day relaxing, trying a new restaurant, hanging with friends, or reading a good book. Think about everything but your job search.

Remember How Great You Actually Are


Searching for a job can be stressful. Are you the right fit for this job? Is this job right for you? It’s easy to get weighed down and frustrated when your job search isn’t as speedy or fruitful as you would like it to be. But don’t get disappointed. Take a moment to reflect upon the fact that you are qualified, talented and worthy of great employment.


Though there is no way to totally eliminate stress, you can definitely diminish it! Let us help you reduce your stress even more by letting us help you with your job search. Contact us by phone here – 361.883.3535 or visit our website.