Canadians among most satisfied employees in the world

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Only Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland reported higher levels of workers being 'very satisfied' with their current employers.

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[TORONTO, ON] — According to the latest Randstad Workmonitor study, which surveys employees in 32 countries around the world, one out of three Canadians say they are very satisfied with their current employer — placing Canadians amongst the highest employee satisfaction levels reported globally.

The Randstad Workmonitor asked workers from around the world to rank their satisfaction level out of four answer categories (very satisfied, satisfied, not satisfied/not dissatisfied, dissatisfied). Canadian employees ranked the highest amongst the 14 non-European countries surveyed, as nearly one in three (31%) report to be: "very satisfied''. Only Denmark (35%), Luxembourg (33%) and Norway (33%) and Switzerland (32%) reported higher levels of workers being 'very satisfied' with their current employers.

When combining categories, 76 per cent of Canadian workers say they are either "very satisfied" and "satisfied" at work, results that are similar to those in the US (72%) and Australia (73%). "There are a number of reasons why Canadians have more on the job satisfaction than other markets," says Jan Hein Bax, president of Randstad Canada. "With our strong marketplace, employees often find they have more job security and flexibility than other countries, and better work environments."

Job security: The importance of job security has become more significant to employees due to the economic challenges experienced over the last few years. In 2011, Randstad Canada enlisted an independent firm to survey over 7,000 Canadians and the results clearly show that job security is a factor that Canadian's truly care about. Over half (53%) of survey respondents ranked job security as one of the most important factors to consider when choosing an employer. "Job satisfaction is about more than just salary and compensation. Many of today's employees are looking for a sense of security, one in which they do not fear that their jobs will be in jeopardy," added Bax.

Flexibility: Because of the looming labour shortages, more and more employers are becoming sensitive to their employees' needs. Canadian organizations are putting in extra efforts to make sure their employees are evolving in a flexible and accommodating environment that will help them achieve a suitable work life balance, another important value for Canadian workers. "Forward-looking organizations know that they need to adapt to the needs of a diversified workforce to keep their employees happy and retain their talent'', adds Bax.

Work environment: Corporate culture and work environment is a key determinant for Canadians making the choice to stay with an organization. The results from last year's independent survey also highlight that a pleasant work atmosphere ranked as the number one, most important factor (according to six out of ten respondents), when seeking an employer. "Even with the stresses and pressure the workplace can sometimes bring, Canadians find great comfort in their relationships with colleagues and managers," explains Bax. "Even by taking part in corporate social and charitable activities, employees gain a sense of pride that is in tune with their need to contribute positively to society. Many Canadian businesses support employee volunteering programs, and this resonates well with the values of Canadian workers."

Organizations: Randstad Canada

Geographic location: TORONTO, Luxembourg, Norway Switzerland US Australia

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