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Job Demands


Overwork has become a chronic complaint for many Canadians. Working a reasonable number of hours and having a manageable workload are features of a good job. With the rise of automation in the mid-1960s, many observers contended that we were headed towards a "leisure society," an age where work would take up less and less of our daily lives. Despite these predictions of the labour-saving benefits of new technologies, we've actually moved in the opposite direction. People are working longer hours, increasing numbers are having to deal with heavy workloads, and work pressures are increasingly having a negative effect on organizations, families and people. Who is most likely to work long hours? Which groups of employees are paid for the overtime hours they work? Are those employed in larger firms more at risk of working long hours than counterparts in smaller organizations? Are those who work long hours or have consistently heavy workloads more likely to bring work home with them?