1 in 3 Canadians unhappy with career progress: Survey

Nearly one-quarter not receiving enough recognition

Nearly one in three (31 per cent) Canadians are dissatisfied with their career progression, according to Ceridian Canada’s Pulse of Talent survey, which polled 800 workers across the country. 

"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," said John Cardella, executive vice-president of human resources at 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," said Cardella. "They stay motivated to succeed and employers reap the benefits of high performance and productivity."

Employers need to continue to make an effort to engage their employees on a regular basis, he said. 

Seventy-five per cent of Canadians feel secure in their jobs, found the survey.

"We can feel good about the fact that a majority of Canadians feel secure in their jobs," said Cardella. "This means that overall employers are doing a good job of creating a confident and satisfied worker." 

Forty-four per cent of respondents are either not satisfied (22 per cent) or indifferent (22 per cent) with the level of recognition they currently receive at work, found the survey.

Praise plays a significant part in motivating employees to achieve, said Cardella.

"Personalized recognition
whether given privately or publicly assures employees that good work is appreciated and reinforces the type of performance needed to drive results," he said.

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