Almost a third of Canadians are dissatisfied with their career progression, according to a new Harris Decima survey. Added to a separate survey released last month showing 66% of workers worldwide are looking to change jobs within the next year, the figures show the need for HR to focus on retention has never been greater.
The survey asked 800 Canadians about their perceived job security, confidence in leadership, expectations following a performance review, job recognition and overall career satisfaction. It found 31% were dissatisfied with their career progression, an 8% increase from last year. On top of that, 22% were not satisfied with the recognition they received at work and 70% of those who did not receive promotions were not told why they were passed over.
“When it comes to motivating individuals to perform, employers need to do a better job of defining career paths and acknowledging good work. Otherwise, they risk losing their best talent,” says Ceridian VP of human resources John Cardella.
And when the other survey asked workers around the world about their plans to move jobs, 74% of respondents said the ability to ‘excel or develop’ was the key to having a sense of meaning in their work, again showing the importance of communicating clear career development plans.
In terms of what would most likely cause workers to leave their current employer aside from salary/benefits, 21% said lack of opportunities for advancement and 20% said poor management.
Cardella says overall satisfaction in Canada was relatively high, but when it came to employee engagement and talent management best practices, clearly communicated goals and objectives provide employees with the direction they need to focus and deliver. "They stay motivated to succeed and employers reap the benefits of high performance and productivity,” he says.
Praise also plays a significant part in motivating employees to achieve. "Personalized recognition – whether given privately or publicly – assures employees that good work is appreciated and reinforces the type of performance needed to drive results," Cardella says.
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