Employees getting no satisfaction

Uncertain economy, ‘tremendous pressures’ to perform taking a toll
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/10/2012

With the economy still struggling, employees face continued uncertainty when it comes to issues such as job security and career development and there is a sizeable number of workers unhappy with their lot, according to surveys by three HR consulting firms.

Nearly one-third (31 per cent) of the 800 respondents to a Ceridian Canada survey expressed dissatisfaction with their career progression — an eight percentage point increase over 2011. And while 75 per cent of Canadians feel secure in their jobs, that is down from 80 per cent in 2011.

“When you have a lot of career progression, it means the company is growing, the company is successful, but it also means opportunities for employees to move ahead,” said John Cardella, executive vice-president of human resources at Ceridian in Markham, Ont. “It’s about learning new skills, becoming more marketable and it’s about commanding more money and becoming more senior in what they’re doing. So, it’s a very key component of overall employee engagement.”