The majority (84 per cent) of Canadian workers have felt burned out amid the coronavirus pandemic, causing at least 20 per cent to seek new jobs, according to a new survey by human resources software company Ceridian.
The figures were extrapolated from a survey of 6,898 people working at companies with at least 100 employees across Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore, the U.K and the U.S.
Across all respondents, the burnout rate was about 81 per cent with at least 34 per cent of the Canadians surveyed describing their level of burnout as high or extreme. “People are working insane hours,” says Steve Knox, Ceridian’s vice-president of global talent acquisition. “We are all putting in that two or three hours of work extra every day and it’s just causing people to really question everything and this war just continues to escalate day after day.”
Knox’s remarks and the survey come as Canadians are battling their second year of the pandemic, causing many to rethink their careers, family needs and work ambitions. Many have used the pandemic to seek jobs that they can complete from home, remotely or with the flexibility they need to care for children or other loved ones. Others have started job hunting because they want higher salaries that better take into account their workloads or a break from all the stress.
Knox believes people were burned out before the pandemic, but the pandemic exacerbated these feelings. “You’re always on, you’re always available, you’re always checking messages and there seems to be a lack of respect for the weekend. I don’t think we saw that to the same degree prior to the pandemic.”
The survey found the top three reasons for burnout among the Canadian respondents was increased workloads, insufficient compensation and mental-health challenges. About 21 per cent said the burnout was causing them to seek a new job and 39 per cent said they would consider leaving their current employer for the right opportunity.
About 45 per cent who reported looking for new employment said it was because they wanted better compensation, including higher salary and benefits. And another 38 per cent attributed the hunt for a new job to a lack of growth opportunities.
Those looking for new jobs mostly want to see employers offer “personal care and attention,” says Knox. “People, because of the pandemic, are not only caring for kids, but in some cases, elderly parents, and finding it just way too much. So they want to work for a place where they do have that balance.”
While he’s seen salaries rise and workers demand better compensation during the pandemic, he says many jobseekers are on the lookout for a new employer because they want their time and personal life to be valued and respected.
“Rather than all these kind of perks that we would have seen before, I think people are really looking to be taken care of.”