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Survey: majority of workers comfortable looking for new job while employed

Younger respondents were more likely to conduct job search activities at work


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TORONTO—Most Canadian professionals feel confident testing the employment waters, even from their current office, according to a survey from global staffing firm Accountemps.

The survey, which polled more than 400 Canadian workers, found 79 per cent of respondents said they would feel at least somewhat comfortable looking for a new job while with their present company. More than half of respondents (57 per cent) indicated they’d likely conduct search activities from work.

Workers were asked, “While still employed, how comfortable would you feel looking for a new job?” Their responses:

  • Very comfortable: 41 per cent
  • Somewhat comfortable: 38 per cent
  • Somewhat uncomfortable: 16 per cent
  • Very uncomfortable: 6 per cent

Respondents were also asked about the likelihood that they would conduct job search activities while at work. Their responses:

  • Very likely: 26 per cent
  • Somewhat likely: 31 per cent
  • Not very likely: 23 per cent
  • Not likely at all: 20 per cent

The survey revealed that professionals ages 18 to 34 were the most open to conducting job search activities at work (63 per cent), compared to those ages 35 to 54 (54 per cent), and 55 and older (45 per cent).

“It’s fine to search for a job while employed, just make every effort to ensure your hunt doesn’t affect or jeopardize your current position,” said David King, Canadian president of Accountemps. “Remain respectful of your company and colleagues throughout the process. Look for roles and schedule interviews on your own time and be discrete on social media to avoid potentially damaging your work relationships or professional reputation.”


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