'Attracting and retaining qualified and talented employees is one of the biggest challenges organizations face nowadays'
A recent survey commissioned by Allstate Insurance Company of Canada (``Allstate Canada'') suggests that many working Canadians may be taking stock of their current job and are considering a change. This comes despite a report in January from Statistics Canada that showed the unemployment rate in the country is near record lows.
According to a Leger survey commissioned by Allstate Canada, 55% of working respondents in Canada indicated they had thought about looking for a new job in the last six months. Among them, 27% said they thought about it a couple times per week, including 11.
When searching for a new job, beyond salary, Canadian workers who responded in the survey listed work-life balance (49 and working from home (22%) as the most important qualities.
``What the survey results show is that attracting and retaining qualified and talented employees is one of the biggest challenges organizations face nowadays. People's outlook on life has shifted due to COVID-19, and employers must adapt to this new reality,'' said Ryan Michel, President and CEO at Allstate Canada. ``At Allstate, the majority of our staff were able to work remotely even before the pandemic. Providing flexibility in the workplace is key to helping ensure employees have access to the tools they need for mental and physical wellness.''
Michel also cited other important programs that have helped Allstate Canada employees, including meeting-free days, wellness days, summer hours, flexible work hours as well as a flat, lattice-style organizational structure that supports collaboration and provides developmental opportunities to help with career growth.
The Leger survey also found that the most important qualities Canadian workers look for from executive leadership at a potential employer are honest, open communications with employees (54, employee performance recognition (37.
``At Allstate Canada, we believe our employees are our greatest strength, so we strive to create an environment for people to flourish,'' said Michel. ``Our environment is focused on wellness, collaboration, contribution and growth. This applies to employees at all levels, from long-standing management positions to our entry-level roles.''