One third of your people are looking for a new job – how can HR stop them?

It's a case of reconsidering your working models before you're facing mass resignations

One third of your people are looking for a new job – how can HR stop them?

The number of employees who are considering switching employers have risen, according to a new report, as workers consider pursuing hybrid or fully remote work arrangements. The latest Robert Half report revealed that 31% workers in Canada say they’re currently looking or are planning to look for a new role in the second half of 2022. This is slightly higher than the 28% recorded in December, according to a previous report from the organisation.

The latest Robert Half report, released on today, showed that 46% of those who would likely want switch jobs are aged between 18 to 40 years old, and 42% of them have been with their respective organisations for five to nine years.

The report further revealed that more than half (56%) of the employees who are considering a change of roles want to shift to a hybrid work arrangement, while 51% want fully remote positions.

But beyond working arrangements, the report said that employees are looking for competitive compensation in their pursuit of a next job.

A salary boost was the most cited reason (58%) by employees on why they are looking for a new job, followed by greater opportunities for advancement (37%), with the ability to permanently work remotely placing third (33%).

Read more: Half of your employees think they deserve a raise

Amid a "scarcity of skilled talent" in Canada, David King, Canadian senior managing director of Robert Half, said in a statement that organisations are now putting premium on attracting and hiring candidates.

"Attracting and hiring candidates is top of mind for many organisations right now as workers explore new job opportunities that offer higher compensation, better perks and benefits, and remote work options," he said in a statement. 

King also pointed out that managers are exerting efforts to ensure that employees' needs in terms of flexibility, advancement, and compensation are met.

"Managers are also taking more measures to help keep valued employees on board, including benchmarking salaries and making adjustments if appropriate, offering schedule flexibility, prioritising advancement opportunities and implementing meaningful employee recognition programmes."

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