Calgary Herald

Canadian workers among most dissatisfi­ed in the world

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Canadian workers unhappy with scrimping employers are some of the most disengaged in the world, with one in two considerin­g leaving their jobs or ambivalent about staying, says a report from Mercer.

The level of employee disengagem­ent is up considerab­ly from 2006, at which time 26 per cent said they were thinking of leaving their jobs, compared with 36 per cent today. Another one-fifth of workers say they are ambivalent about whether to stay or go.

The main reasons for this shift are an evolving employment deal that employees view as a series of take-aways, as well as responses to the recession such as pay freezes, smaller merit increases and cuts in training, promotions and jobs, global consulting firm Mercer said in its report.

“Mercer believes that the potential business consequenc­es of this erosion in employee sentiment are significan­t and need to be addressed if Canadian employers want to hang on to valued talent and minimize any productivi­ty or morale issues among workers who remain,” said Madeline Avedon, the company’s human capital principal.

The survey was conducted over the past two quarters in 17 countries and involved 30,000 workers, including 2,000 in Canada. The study found that employees regard base pay as the most important factor in their employment deal, but only 53 per cent of those surveyed say they are satisfied with their base bay.

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