52% of Ontario employees are ready to quit – here's how to stop them

'COVID-19 has given everyone a moment to pause and reflect on what is important'

52% of Ontario employees are ready to quit – here's how to stop them

A staggering 52% of Ontario employees are ready to quit their current role – according to new research from Hays.

The 11th annual Hays Salary Guide revealed that almost half of all Canadians are unhappy with their jobs, with many ready to jump ship for good.

HRD spoke to Travis O’Rourke, president at Hays Canada, who revealed why so many workers are on the edge.

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“COVID-19 has given everyone a moment to pause and reflect on what is important,” he explained.

“Many people have decided they just aren’t doing what they love – they just aren’t passionate about their jobs. 

“People are upset that their employers haven’t done enough for their mental well-being. They are feeling underappreciated and are starting to think the grass must be greener across the street.”

The report found that employee wellbeing is being hampered by the current pandemic, with a lack of social interaction, isolation and increased workloads being cited as the most common complaints.

Employees looking for a new role are craving more inclusive benefits – with 44% wanting room for career development, and 40% craving a better work-life balance.

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O’Rourke’s advice for HR leaders? Up your communication.

“The Hays Salary Guide data shows that it’s time to start talking to your staff,” he told HRD.

“Ask people how they are doing, how they are feeling, and how you can help. Show your staff that you care or someone else will.

“Get their ideas and feedback and act on them. You won’t be able to do everything that is suggested but my guess is there is a lot of simple tokens of appreciation that are well within your reach.”

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