New survey provides insight into steps Canadian companies can take to attract and retain talent
MISSISSAUGA (Ontario), September 29, 2021– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Canadian companies may face a potential talent shortage if they do not take into account worker preferences, including remote and flexible working options. According to a survey driven by Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) 40 percent of Canadian office workers surveyed have left or are considering leaving their jobs. So what are employees looking for? And what can businesses do to mitigate its impact?
“Today’s employees are ready to step off the ship for jobs that give them the freedom and flexibility to perform meaningful work from the location of their choice and have equal opportunities to contribute and to advance their careers, ”said Tim Minahan, executive vice president of strategy, Citrix. “To attract the workers they need to move their businesses forward in one of the tightest job markets the world has ever seen, Canadian businesses will need to take changing employee expectations seriously.
Among the main results of the Citrix survey:
Flexibility is the key
Today’s workers prefer flexible arrangements that give them the freedom to choose where they work best, including at home, in the office or on the road.
83% of respondents said it was “very” or “somewhat” important that they could work from anywhere
49% said they would take a pay cut in exchange for the option to do so
Canada leads the United States in this regard – 37 percent of Canadian knowledge workers say they currently have the option of working entirely remotely, compared to just 19 percent in the United States.
Employee experience has never been so important
Modern workers want to engage in innovative work, be productive, and make meaningful contributions to the business that are valued – without the interference of complex technologies and processes. As the Citrix survey reveals, they’re likely to move on if they can’t:
27% of workers surveyed left their jobs for positions that offer more opportunities to innovate and try new things
26% were not engaged or passionate about their old role
31% were frustrated with overly complicated technology and processes
33% think they can do more meaningful work in their new roles
33% feel their contributions are appreciated and recognized
The fear of the digital divide is real
The global pandemic has made it clear that remote working can boost employee engagement and productivity. But as companies move to hybrid models, there are fears this could open up a new digital divide.
“If left unchecked, hybrid models can quickly establish two classes of workers and infuse the workplace with inequalities and prejudices,” adds Minahan.
Respondents in the Citrix poll support this notion:
34% believe remote workers will be at a career disadvantage if they don’t work in a central office
53% think they will be less likely to be considered for promotion / advancement opportunities
In addition to revealing why workers are quitting their jobs, the Citrix survey also sought to understand what is holding them back. Among respondents who indicated that they had not changed jobs:
48% love what they do
46% say their services are competitive and beyond financial security, ensure their physical and mental well-being
42% can work flexibly
34 percent are afraid to make a change given the lingering uncertainty
29% feel confident and empowered to work when and how they work best
“The battle for workers has never been fiercer,” Minahan said. “To remain competitive, Canadian companies must adopt flexible work models that allow them to find talent where they live. And to keep them, they must create a fair environment in which employees can engage and collaborate transparently and efficiently, no matter where they are located. “
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