Most Canadian Job Seekers Value Purpose and Work/Life Balance Over Climbing Corporate Ladder

TORONTO, Dec. 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canadian companies trying to attract and retain employees need to take note that workers are prioritizing personal fulfillment and work/life balance, and are willing to make sacrifices to do so, according to new survey data released today from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals. Most employed job seekers (54%) feel they are performing “above and beyond” at their company now, compared to a year ago, but only 41% of Canadian hiring decision-makers report the employees at their company are performing similarly. Half (50%) say their employees are doing just enough (“nothing more, nothing less”). Canadian hiring decision-makers believe the definition of professional success for employees is advancing in their careers (66%). And to achieve such success, around half (51%) report the only way to do so is to “climb the corporate ladder.” Most job seekers (68%) are aligned on this definition of professional success (i.e., advancing in their career), with nearly 3 in 5 (56%) agreeing it can only be done by climbing the corporate ladder. Canadian job seekers and hiring decision-makers also both believe the best way for employees to add value to a company is by advancing their careers (69% and 63%, respectively). Nevertheless, nearly two-thirds of Canadian job seekers (63%) say they are not interested in “climbing the corporate ladder.” What’s more, most job seekers say it is more important to them to have a meaningful job than a high-level job title (85%) and define success through work/life balance as opposed to climbing the corporate ladder (84%). Canadian hiring decision-makers also confirm this trend, as most agree it is more important for workers to have a meaningful job than a high-level job title (87%), and more employees are defining success by work/life balance (84%) now compared to […]

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