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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 

Ever Feel Pressed For Time? - Report Confirms Plight of Modern Canadians

"Among the trends reshaping the use of time, leisure and culture activities, the report cited greater consumer demand for services outside of weekday hours, the rise in urban sprawl and workplace technologies like email and smartphones increasing demand on employees to be "perpetually on call. [...]

"The time crunch pressure seems to be growing more so on women than on men, but the fact that it's growing generally is a bit of a concern,"

Roy Romanow,
-Chair of the CIW advisory Board
-Former Premier of Saskatchewan
CBC News

-Montreal Gazette
-Toronto Globe & Mail

The result is that people forget simple rules like "Do not call after 10 pm or before 12 am". Lack of privacy is a very depressing think.

A former corporate client of mine now expects its lawyers to be available, via Blackberry e-mail, even while on holiday, anywhere in the world, 24/7. They don't care if you're on a beach in Maui. They call, you had better respond - pronto.

Surely a lot of this must be grounded in job insecurity that breeds a level of competition mixed with fear that employers can exploit.

Not surprisingly this seems to be heavily weighted to the middle class.

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