Two-fifths (40 per cent) of Canadian workers say they aren’t fairly paid in their current role, according to a new survey by Robert Half Canada Inc.

The survey, which polled more than 1,100 employees, found while a higher salary is the No. 1 reason (62 per cent) employees are searching for a new job, workers also indicated they’re searching for better perks and benefits (39 per cent) and growth opportunities (30 per cent).

Mike Shekhtman, senior regional director at Robert Half, says the survey results are indicative of a challenging labour market where employees have more choice in where they work. As well, he notes employers are becoming more creative in their perks and benefits offerings as they seek to entice employees back to the workplace.

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“Over the last year or so, we’ve seen companies trying to offer [programs such as] subsidized child care or get creative with costs, whether it’s for public transit or bringing in catered lunches and creating social events. . . .  From a benefits perspective, we know how prevalent and how important health and wellness has been for a lot of people, [so employers are also] beefing up their benefits programs when it comes to [employee assistance programs] or gym memberships or yoga classes.”

The survey also found the majority (88 per cent) of employees said they prioritize work-life balance, while nearly a third (32 per cent) said they’re unable to balance these priorities.

“There has to be a balanced approach in how the work model will continue to evolve, where it makes sense for an organization and the people that work for the company as well,” says Shekhtman. “[Flexibility] is going to be a driving force in people’s decision-making, especially when they have options.”

More than a third of survey respondents said they don’t feel adequately appreciated by their manager. However, as employees hold a range of opinions on recognition and awards, he cautions against a one-size-fits-all approach. “I think the best leaders and employers tailor their recognition programs to different teams because that’s ultimately what makes people feel special.”

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