It’s official: The majority of your workforce is unhappy

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Fresh data has confirmed the findings of previous surveys that suggest the majority of workers in Canada are miserable in their jobs.
The Greatness Gap: The State of Employee Disengagement report released yesterday by employee recognition firm Achievers, found that 51% of Canadian employees are not happy at work, more than the 48% unhappy in the UK.
Citing North American regional statistics – which includes Canada – the report also found a large number of workers are disenchanted with their company’s mission and demotivated by a lack of positive feedback from superiors.
“The results for the North American workforce survey show that employee outlook on engagement is split right down the middle,” said a statement.
“While less than half of the workforce are passionate about their company's mission, the other, bigger, portion (58%) don't find the mission inspiring at all.”
The report suggests a lack of passion for a company’s mission could be one key factor contributing to a lack of employee loyalty in Canada. The survey revealed 50% of North Americans want to work for a new employer within a year.
Statistics revealed in the report include 61% of employees not knowing their company’s mission, and 61% not knowing their organisation’s values.
A 55% slice of North Americans do not trust their company’s leadership.
"Employee engagement needs to be a top priority for executives in today's changing workplace,” Achievers general manager David Brennan said.
“Research proves that business success is driven by engaged employees — those employees that know why they get up every morning and go to work. The results from this study should incite organizations to take action and implement engagement strategies today that will help keep their employees tomorrow."
A global Gallup survey has previously found that only 13% of employees are engaged at work, with 24% actively disengaged and 63% not engaged.
  • Danny Couturier on 2015-09-10 4:38:28 PM

    This is simply unacceptable from our leaders.

  • Miro K. on 2015-09-10 10:02:42 PM

    I would really like to see the details of this study- especially the demographics or respondents- before drawing any conclusions. This is because it is public knowledge that youth and young adult unemployment rates are high in most provinces. In addition, many well-educated people end up with entry-level jobs completely unrelated to their career/education/interest field.

  • Maurice Lamb on 2015-09-14 9:52:06 AM

    It is a well known fact that the majority of the workforce is to varying degrees less than fully engaged in their work. Some organizations are successful in implementing leadership practices that result in high levels of engagement. It would be interesting to see survey results that explain why the majority of CEO's and senior managers do not ensure these are implemented.

    Perhaps one solution would be to develop leadership standards for Boards of Directors, Councils etc. that ensure senior managers are held accountable for implementing leadership practices that inspire and motivate people.

  • Tom from Burnaby BC on 2015-09-14 3:32:51 PM

    Most companies are too concerned with/about the bottom line & forget about the employee that help bring the bottom line to fruition.

    Management really needs to engage all the employees more with employee input, training, promotions within and reward programs.

    A friend we know recently quit his job at a local company when they hired a new manager outside the company.

    The friend went on to take a management job for the companies competitor and took over 6 good employees with him.

    Someone was really sleeping on the switch with this one and caused a major problem for the company decision maker who made a bad decision.

    We hear this is happening more with companies that are prone to making bad decisions and should be bought out before they make bigger across industry problems.

  • HELENA Dyck CHRL;OCT on 2015-09-10 9:05:23 AM

    Shocker! NOT! People are treated less then human in many companies. The sense is they are products that make products and the bottom line is what matters most. Everyone is losing out. The salary disparity between the CEO and the average worker is out of proportion. But the CEO keeps getting paid more for cracking the whip more. A huge shift in heart and mind is missing by all. Employees must learn to be more supportive of thier company and Employer must learn to see the employees as human beings. Altogether we are living in a society with much disfunction. I hope my book will be of service in the future.

  • Bill Fotsch on 2015-09-11 9:11:15 AM

    I applaud your research on employee engagement. My focus is on improving employee engagement to drive results. Making the company’s economics transparent, involving all employees to understand and share in the improved financial results, will improve profits and the lives of your employees. The trust captures the employees’ hearts while the information captures their minds. Commonly referred to as Open-Book Management, this creates an empowered, learning organization.
    I have seen this work in 400+ companies I have worked with in the past 20+years, from small / medium sized companies to larger publicly traded service responsible companies like Southwest Airlines.

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