This question is for people who have experienced both USA and Canada working culture and work life balance. I have heard many people with such experience say that work-life balance is better and people are more relaxed. I would like to unpack that a bit and understand that.
Assuming, we are talking about similar sized companies, do you think the better work-life balance is because the management actively encourages people not to work weekends or long hours? Or is it that working long hours is so unheard of in Canada working environment that management just assumes nothing is going to get done over weekend, unless people are explicitly asked to work longer hours for 1-2 weekends due to critical deadline?
In silicon valley / bay area start up culture, it seems to me that putting in whatever work is required and spending whatever time is required to meet the deadlines is the default assumption. Is that not how it is in Canadian startups? I know that in EU (Germany, Netherlands, etc), it is illegal to make an employee work more than X amount of hours, but I don’t think that is the case in Canada. So seems like Canada lies somewhere in between EU and US regarding work-life balance. I am trying to understand exactly what drives Canadian work life balance.