TORONTO—The majority of employed Canadians are emotionally connected to their work and most believe that a current or previous job has changed their life, according to a new survey by job search website Monster Canada.
But employers should note that a large pool of employees have not yet identified a path they feel will lead to satisfaction at their current workplace.
Monster’s survey found six in 10 working Canadians agree with the statement ‘My job has a major impact on my life and how I feel’, while just 37 per cent agreed that their job is ‘just something I do to make ends meet. I look for fulfilment in other areas of my life’.
“While it’s encouraging to see that many have found the job that changed their life, the numbers show that many others still have a desire to find better,” says Sheryl Boswell of Monster Canada. “Given how emotionally invested Canadians have told us they are in their work, finding a fulfilling job is paramount when it comes to overall happiness, and employers need to take note.”
The study also found that many Canadians have experienced a life-changing job, and the reasons are most likely to be non-financial:
Employers: beware of the potential flight risks
Many working Canadians are still seeking more from their jobs, and among those still searching, the perception is that more money would make a significant difference:
Research and choose wisely
“For employees, knowing what aspects of employment bring you joy or satisfaction should play an important role in any job search and it’s important to be honest with yourself,” added Boswell. “On the other hand, employers must also have effective talent acquisition and management strategies in place to seek out the best employees and help them hone their skills.”