Live to work

In March, a TD Bank survey found just 57% of employees use all their vacation days. Workers today are less loyal, so why do we spend more time at work?

9: Length in hours of the average Canadian workday in 2005, up 30 minutes from 1986. During the same period, workers spent 45 minutes less per day with their families.

1: Rank of Canadians’ job satisfaction level among workers in seven countries, according to a 2013 survey by Monster.ca; 24% of Canadians said they liked their job so much they would do it for free.

1 in 5: Canadians who find work less demanding than home life in 2006. Nearly a third of employees say they look forward to Mondays.

12.2: Vacation days taken by the average worker in 1991. "Two-, three- and four-day getaways are the vacation of the ’90s," notes the Canadian Tourism Research Institute in 1993.

33: Percent of employees in Canada with unused vacation days in 2003, according to a national poll. In TD Bank’s 2014 survey the number is 43% — an increase of about one-third.

40: Percent of Canadians who can’t afford to take a vacation in 2014, according to the TD survey. One-fifth said the effort required to go on holiday wasn’t worthwhile.

2011: Year London Business School professor Lynda Gratton proclaimed, "Loyalty is dead," citing contracts, outsourcing and automation among the killers. "Faced with what could be 50 years of work," she added, "who honestly wants to spend that much time with one company?"