Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Engaging employees with meaningful work

A new survey paints a grim picture of how employees feel about their work and futures – highlighting that some employers could be facing talent challenges if they’re not in touch with what staff really value.

The survey, conducted by Kelly Services, found many Canadian employees have become disengaged from their work, with less than half feeling valued by their employers.

Only 41 per cent of the Canadian respondents said their current employment provides them with a sense of meaning. Similarly, only 47 per cent said they are happy in their jobs.

In addition, more than one-quarter of the Canadian survey respondents said they frequently think about quitting and more than two-thirds said they definitely intend to look for a new job with another employer within the next year.

“Employees across the globe have experienced unprecedented economic turmoil, and they are restless,” Kelly Services observes in its report.

“Many are unhappy in their jobs and are actively looking for new opportunities... The new norm has employees keeping one eye open for the next opportunity. Unless employers can offer meaningful work and ongoing opportunities for growth, many feel it is in their best interest to keep their careers in a perpetual state of motion.”

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