Canadian bosses come in third overall: survey

But work satisfaction ranks 18th out of 28 countries


The majority of Canadians are content with their jobs and satisfied with their bosses, according to a recent survey.

The survey, by personnel provider Kelly Services, of 70,000 people in 28 countries, including more than 10,000 Canadians, found that 59 per cent of Canadians said they were happy or very happy in their current jobs.

Canadians rated their bosses with an average score of 7.2 out of 10, which was the third-highest level of satisfaction worldwide, behind Mexico and the United States.

However, with only 59 per cent of Canadians happy at work, workers in the great white north are 18th among the 28 countries in the survey.

"If we look at what workers say is important to them, they want a workplace with good morale, stimulating work, a degree of autonomy, and one where they receive feedback from their bosses," said Karin French, managing director of Kelly Services.

Only 26 per cent of Canadian workers said they regularly get rewards for a job well done, while 30 per cent said they are seldom or never rewarded.

In Canada, government workers were the happiest, with 72 per cent of them reporting they were happy or very happy. Those who worked in education and financial services were the second and third happiest, at 68 and 64 per cent reporting they were happy or very happy respectively.

The happiest employees were in Denmark, Mexico and Sweden. The least content employees were in Hungary, Russia and Turkey.

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