Canadian employees’ top concerns are physical health and fitness, work load and work-life balance, ability to retire and mental health, according to a new survey by Mercer Canada.
The survey, which polled 1,000 Canadian employees, found lower-wage workers were most worried about their ability to retire, followed by physical health and fitness and mental health. On the other hand, among higher-income workers, the top concern was physical health and fitness, followed by work load and work-life balance and mental health.
Across all income groups, the survey found 63 per cent of respondents said they aren’t seriously considering leaving their company, compared to 71 per cent pre-pandemic. About a fifth (18 per cent) said they’re seriously considering a move, while a similar percentage (19 per cent) said they’re neutral on the topic.
Almost half (46 per cent) of all respondents cited insufficient pay as the top reason they’d leave their current job. They also cited feeling burned out due to a demanding workload (39 per cent), feeling ready to stop working (39 per cent) and a lack of flexibility around where they work (24 per cent).
When it comes to returning to the workplace, 36 per cent of all survey respondents were in favour of a hybrid work model, while 35 per cent said they want to work from home full time and 28 per cent said they’d like to spend the majority of their time in the office or worksite.
The top reasons for wanting to return to the office were connecting with colleagues and help with separating home and work life. On the flip side, the top reasons for not wanting to return to the office were coronavirus safety concerns and the commute.
“It’s no secret that employees have more choice than ever — and so it’s more essential than ever [for employers] to understand what they want, so [they] can deliver,” said the report. “Employees across Canada — across income levels, ethnicities, age, gender and job seniority — are reprioritizing what’s important to them. Physical and mental wellness are top concerns among workers, more so than factors like career advancement. At the same time, employers can’t ignore the financial factor. Sufficient pay, plus the ability to make ends meet, address personal debt and retire are all important to Canadian workers.”