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It may be news to you, but many Canadians are feeling better balance between their work and personal lives.

A study by office space company Regus PLC found the proportion of Canadian office workers who feel that their work-life balance has improved has risen by 16 per cent over the past two years.

Despite spending more time at work this year, 65 per cent of respondents said they feel they have enough time to spend at home or on personal pursuits. And 71 per cent of respondents said they enjoy their work more and believe they are achieving more than they did two years ago.

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A big reason appears to be the fact that more employers are instituting policies that allow more flexibility about where and when employees do their work, said Wes Lenci, Calgary based vice-president of Regus Canada.

Over 43 per cent of respondents in the survey reported that their companies are doing more to reduce the time employees spend commuting compared to 2010. And in an earlier survey of employers, 88 per cent of Canadian businesses reported offering some kind of flexible work arrangements for employees. These include setting up satellite offices closer to where employees live or giving them the opportunity to work from home one day a week.

However, in 45 per cent of the companies, the perks were mainly available only to senior employees.

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