More than four out of five (83 per cent) Canadian workers are satisfied with their work, according to a study on the Canadian workplace by office supplies, technology products and furniture distributors Novexco Inc.
The majority (90 per cent) of employee respondents said they’re very engaged, 81 per cent are motivated by their job and 75 per cent reported their work is fulfilling. The survey also showed employers need to prepare for generational change as baby boomers leave the workplace. This means shaping workplace culture to fit the preferences of the younger generations, including gen-Xers and millennials, the study noted.
“This study . . . highlights the new realities of the changing workplace,” said Denis Mathieu, president and chief executive officer of Novexco Inc., the operators of Hamster, in a press release.
According to the study, the majority of Canadian employees want a healthy work environment and desire more options for accommodation regarding ergonomic needs. While 76 per cent of those surveyed said they work at least partially seated, only half reported access to ergonomic work options.
Almost half (45 per cent) of respondents said they’d like improvements to how their workspace is set up; adding rest areas and collaborative workspaces were also indicated as desirable.
The survey also found millennial workers more than other age groups surveyed said they believe employers should be responsible for providing professional services, such as psychologists (51 per cent), occupational therapists (53 per cent) and massage therapists (44 per cent). As well, more than half (58 per cent) of millennial workers said they want to change jobs over the next two years.
“All sectors in Canada are facing significant challenges in talent acquisition and retention,” said Mathieu. “Employees are the most important resource for a company, and we believe it is essential to fully understand their aspirations and needs to better meet them in order to have a competitive advantage.”