Montreal, Quebec – Extensive road work and traffic problems are affecting Montreal businesses and their employees, according to a new survey by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés. The survey of the Ordre’s members found that 55 per cent of respondents felt that road work was affecting employee management in their organizations.

Of those who said their businesses were affected, 47 per cent said they had lost potential employee candidates who were not interested in certain positions that involved crossing bridges to get to work.

“The situation is serious,” said Florent Francoeur, president and CEO of the Ordre. “We’re already coping with a labour shortage and companies are struggling to fill some positions. Montreal can’t afford to lose jobs because of road works.”

Some 80 per cent of those who believe the road work is having an impact noticed that a growing number of employees are getting to work late, while 51 per cent said some employees were leaving earlier than usual, and 16 per cent said that many employees were cutting back their hours.

Some 43 per cent reported that a number of employees are arriving 15 to 30 minutes later than usual every day, while 23 per cent said they noticed employees coming in 30 minutes to an hour late on a daily basis. Higher-than-usual absenteeism was noticed by 47 per cent.

When asked about the psychological effect of road work on employees, 80 per cent of respondents said they had observed stress, while 70 per cent reported tiredness and 64 per cent noticed irritability. More than half of employers are allowing employees to rearrange their daily work schedules, and are recommending that managers review schedules, allow telecommuting, or encourage carpooling.

“It should be noted that this survey, with its disturbing findings, was conducted during the summer vacation period,” Francoeur said. “Since it’s more than likely that things will get worse once September rolls around, we are very concerned for Quebec businesses, which are already facing a multitude of challenges.”

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