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Study: Alberta workers paying ‘COVID tax’ with some not wanting to go back to office

An ADP Canada and Angus Reid workplace survey is showing that many Albertans are feeling overworked and stressed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a recent survey, 40 per cent of Alberta respondents reported working longer hours, compared to only 19 per cent who reported working fewer hours.

Additionally, the survey found that 41 per cent of employed Albertans didn’t want to return to the workplace and 42 per cent were most likely to report an increase in stress.

“By encouraging employees to take vacation time and regular breaks, to monitor their stress levels and seek support if needed, and by introducing policies for after-hours work or educating on the right to disconnect, employers can help protect the physical and mental health of employees,” said Ed Yuen, vice-president strategy and business development at ADP Canada.

Despite working longer hours, 42 per cent of Canadian remote workers are feeling more productive and over a third (37 per cent) have noticed an increase in the quality of their work, a significant year-over-year increase when compared to April of last year.

In Alberta, 40 per cent of respondents reported an increase in quality of work, while 32 per cent noted an increase in productivity and 23 per cent saw a decrease in productivity.

Nearly 44 per cent of remote workers also say they are logging more hours than pre-pandemic times, more than double last year’s percentage.

The online survey of 1,501 working Canadians (including those working full and part-time) was completed between April 14 and April 15.

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