Confidence leads employees to seek out greener pastures
TORONTO - Nearly one-third (31.8%) of Canadian employees have indicated they are likely to leave their current job in the next two years, according to the 2013 Randstad Award study, which gathered the opinions and perceptions of over 7,000 Canadian employees and job seekers. Additionally, more than half (54.4%) have indicated that the desire for more money and better benefits will influence their decision to look for a new employer.
"The study response indicates that Canadians once again feel confident in the market value of their skills," says Jan Hein Bax, President, Randstad Canada. "An improving economy leads to more and better choices for job seekers."
As important as salary and benefits are to employees, the study results indicate they are not the only factor determining job satisfaction. The study notes that Canadians also place high value on "a pleasant work atmosphere." Close to a third of respondents indicated that a pleasant work atmosphere is one of the most important factors that would motivate them to stay with their current employer.
Additionally, the study asked Canadian employees to define what a pleasant work atmosphere means to them. The factor "I am recognized when I do good work'' made it to the top of the list (58%), followed by "Respect from colleagues'' (55%), and "Feel part of a team'' (51%). More than half of respondents also defined "an interesting job" as one that that make good use of their skills.
"The results clearly show that Canadian employees want to feel valued and useful at work," adds Bax. "Organizations that can deliver a work experience that is both financially and professionally rewarding will maintain an edge in attracting and retaining the best talent available. Employers must demonstrate why their company and brand are more attractive and compelling than others."