Study: Canadians Among the Most Satisfied Employees

Toronto — April 25

According to the latest Randstad Workmonitor study, which surveys employees in 32 countries, one out of three Canadians say they are very satisfied with their employer.

The Randstad Workmonitor asked workers from around the world to rank their satisfaction level out of four answer categories — very satisfied, satisfied, not satisfied/not dissatisfied, dissatisfied. Canadian employees ranked the highest amongst the 14 non-European countries surveyed, as nearly 31 percent reported to be “very satisfied.” Only Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway and Switzerland reported higher levels of workers being “very satisfied” with their current employers.

When combining categories, 76 percent of Canadian workers say they are either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” at work, results that are similar to those in the U.S. (72 percent) and Australia (73 percent).

Job security has become more significant to employees due to the economic challenges experienced during the last few years. In 2011, Randstad Canada enlisted an independent firm to survey more than 7,000 Canadians and the results clearly show that job security is a factor that Canadians care about. About 53 percent of survey respondents ranked job security as one of the most important factors to consider when choosing an employer.

Because of the looming labor shortages, more employers are becoming sensitive to their employees’ needs. Canadian organizations are putting in extra efforts to make sure their employees are evolving in a flexible and accommodating environment that will help them achieve a suitable work-life balance, another important value for Canadian workers.

Corporate culture and work environment is a key determinant for Canadians making the choice to stay with an organization. The results from last year’s independent survey also highlight that a pleasant work atmosphere ranked as the No. 1 most important factor when seeking an employer.

Source: Randstad Canada