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'Tis the Season for a Drop in Workplace Productivity
Poll shows half of Canadians report lower productivity during the month of December

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Toronto, Ontario (December 1, 2005) – With the holiday season now in full swing, Canadians are letting their work performance decline. Whether it"s due to holiday shopping during the workday, a social lunch or just plain lack of motivation, more than half (52%) of working Canadians admit their personal workplace productivity is lower during the month of December, according to a recent poll on

Only 24 more days 'til Christmas
According to the poll, half of Canadians (52%) report lower workplace productivity during the month of December, with Albertans (59%) reporting they"re the most distracted by the annual festivities, and Quebeckers (45%) saying they"re least distracted.

  • A number of factors affect workplace productivity:
    • Almost two-thirds (61%) report the overall pace at their workplace is slower and they feel less motivated.
    • Another 18 per cent complain too many other people are on vacation and they can"t get their job done.
    • And one-fifth (20%) of workers confess lunch-time holiday parties and shopping are getting in the way.
  • As workplace productivity declines in the month of December, the majority of Canadians want out of the office altogether, with three-quarters (74%) believing their workplace should be closed above and beyond the statutory holidays.
    • More than one-third (35%) of workers in the Prairies, NWT and Nunavut don"t feel the need for extra time off at the holidays
  • But if given the choice, more than one-quarter (28%) would elect to work on Christmas and Boxing Day for extra pay.
    • As many as one-third (32%) of British Columbians are interested in working during the holidays for overtime, while just 21 per cent of Quebeckers would do so.

"As we countdown to Christmas, it"s easy to become distracted. But for working Canadians, holiday shopping and celebratory lunches have to fit with our regular workload," said Patrick Sullivan, President of Workopolis. "To maintain workplace productivity, employers and employees should set realistic goals and objectives to make sure time at work is most efficient, even in the days leading up to Christmas."

Let the festivities begin... but not go too far
Across the country nearly four in five (78%) working Canadians are going to a work-related holiday party. But watch out for one too many drinks, arriving late or embarrassing yourself in front of the boss.

  • While few (16%) Canadians confess to doing something they later regretted at a workplace party, more than half (55%) report they"ve seen a colleague misbehaving.
    • Albertans appear to be the most risqué, with two-thirds (66%) saying they"ve seen a colleague up to no good.
  • When it comes to celebrating with coworkers, Canadians rejoice in different ways:
    • Nationally, almost half (45%) attend an after-hours or evening party; while in Quebec, nearly sixty per cent (59%) gear up for an evening out with colleagues.
    • One-third (33%) of Canadians engage in a more casual weekend party; with weekend parties most popular (47%) in Alberta and Atlantic Canada.
    • Nationally, less than one-quarter (22%) celebrate during lunch or during the work day.
  • However colleagues celebrate the holidays, the majority (76%) of working Canadians would prefer to bring their spouse and/or family along for the fun.
    • Almost all of Albertans (87%) want the opportunity to mix their work and personal lives.
    • Quebeckers are least in favour of mixing family and colleagues, with 41 per cent saying they"d choose to leave their spouses at home.

"The holiday party is a chance to toast the season with your coworkers, but people need to remember that it"s still work," added Sullivan. "Employers are inviting their team out for fun, with few formal rules in mind, but employees need to remain professional and make sure they cover the basics – arrive on time, drink responsibly and don"t say anything you wouldn"t want to face in the morning."

About Workopolis:

Workopolis is Canada's leading provider of Internet recruiting and job search solutions offering a fully bilingual suite of award-winning applications, products and services to both large and small Canadian companies:

  •™, Canada's biggest job site—with the most jobs, visitors and employers of any Canadian job site
  •, Canada's biggest job site for students and recent graduates
  • CorporateWorks™, Canada's most implemented recruitment management solution using the tools that power to power corporate career sites

Workopolis is a unique and complementary partnership of three Canadian media companies, The Globe and Mail division of Bell Globemedia, Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and Gesca Ltd., the newspaper publishing subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada. Workopolis has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Guelph, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

About the poll: More than 14,000 Canadians responded to the poll posted on between November 18 and November 28, 2005.

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