One in Three Canadians Unhappy with Career Progress

Ceridian’s 2nd Pulse of Talent Survey Conducted by Harris Decima
Toronto, ON May 11, 2012 – Ceridian Canada today released its 2nd Pulse of Talent survey, revealing the changing attitudes and perceptions of Canadian workers.  For this study, Harris Decima was commissioned to survey 800 employed Canadians and measured perceived job security, confidence in leadership, expectations following a performance review, job recognition and overall career satisfaction.
Findings included:
Nearly 1 in 3 respondents (31%) expressed dissatisfaction with their career progression – an 8% increase over 2011. Employees highly value career path opportunities.
Seventy per cent of respondents who did not receive a promotion were not told about the underlying reasons related to the decision. Performance goals need to be clearly communicated.
44% of respondents are either not satisfied (22%) or indifferent (22%) with the level of recognition they currently receive at work.  Recognition is key to employee satisfaction and retention.
Seventy-five per cent of Canadians feel secure in their jobs.
“This year’s Pulse of Talent reveals that Canadians have a rather high level of employee satisfaction, which is ultimately a reflection on the talent management practices of Canadian companies,” says John Cardella, executive vice president, human resources, Ceridian Canada.  “However, when it comes to motivating individuals to perform, employers need to do a better job of defining career paths and acknowledging good work.  Otherwise, they risk losing their best talent.”
When it comes to employee engagement and talent management best practices,
“Clearly communicated goals and objectives provide employees with the direction they need to focus and deliver,” adds Cardella. “They stay motivated to succeed and employers reap the benefits of high performance and productivity.”
Praise also plays a significant part in motivating employees to achieve. “Personalized recognition – whether given privately or publicly – assures employees that good work is appreciated and reinforces the type of performance needed to drive results,” comments Cardella.
Lastly, Canadian employers need to continue to make an effort to engage their employees on a regular basis.  “We can feel good about the fact that a majority of Canadians feel secure in their jobs,” says Cardella.  “This means that overall employers are doing a good job of creating a confident and satisfied worker.”
The Pulse of Talent surveys were created in response to Ceridian clients across the country seeking tangible metrics to gauge the workforce, metrics that could help identify talent gaps, uncover opportunities and demonstrate effective return on human capital.
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