Three-fifths (60 per cent) of Canadian employees are considering leaving their job due to factors such as burnout and a lack of alignment with their employer’s values, according to a new survey by Ceridian HCM Inc.
The survey, which polled more than 1,000 employees, found among employees looking for a new role, 39 per cent said they’re open to the right opportunity and 21 per cent said they’re actively looking.
The vast majority (84 per cent) of respondents reported they’re experiencing burnout and 34 per cent indicated very serious or extreme burnout symptoms. The main factors contributing to burnout were increased workload (46 per cent), working too many hours (29 per cent) and pressure to meet targets/deadlines (26 per cent).
A quarter (25 per cent) of respondents who reported burnout said they’ve taken or are planning to take sick leave or a leave of absence, 22 per cent are requesting accommodations from their managers and 12 per cent are leaving the workforce altogether. These workers said they want employers to support mental health using measures such as mental-health days (47 per cent), flexibility (42 per cent) and employee assistance programs (36 per cent).
And while two-thirds (69 per cent) of respondents said their employer is good or excellent at fostering a culture of belonging and half (50 per cent) said their employer has a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, 19 per cent of employees planning to leave their job cited a lack of alignment between employer and employee values.