Roadwork has serious negative impact on workers: study

A new study shows that the seemingly interminable roadwork in the province is having a negative effect on workers who have to negotiate the orange cones on their daily commutes day after day — and it's getting worse.

The study done by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés — which represents human resources staff across Quebec — shows 70 per cent of those polled said roadwork has a negative impact, compared with 55 per cent who said so in 2011.

30 per cent of those polled also say they've lost potential job candidates because of their location and the roadwork, and a quarter of those polled also say some of their workers have quite their jobs altogether, citing roadwork as a problem.

And while the study was done for the entire province, the traffic conditions are twice as bad in Montreal as they are in the rest of the province. The problem is especially acute among truck drivers and bus drivers — people who have to use the roads for a living.

And more than half of respondents said the traffic headaches are directly responsible for increased rates of tardiness and absenteeism among their staff.

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