Employers in Eastern Ontario regularly face situation where employees just leave their jobs without notice or move on to another job with what is perceived as little regard to the impact that it has on their employer. Well if you are an employer, you are not alone with this problem.
Canadians may have some commitment issues when it comes to their jobs, according to a new poll by employment website Workopolis and Linda Nguyen from The Canadian Press did a story on it.
Her story tells us that the online survey found that about half (51 per cent) of those polled said they had been in the same job for less than two years, while 30 per cent said they had held one job for more than four years.
That compared with survey results from 1990-2000 where just 16 per cent reported holding that same job for less than two years, and fully 60 per cent who said they had been in the same job for more than four years.
Tara Talbot, vice-president of human resources for Workopolis, said people's career goals have changed in the last 20 years. Today's workers appear more willing to "job hop" to find the perfect position rather than stick it out for 30 years in the same place.
"The world in business and employment is shifting so quickly that there is not the stability that there used to be," she said. "The 30-year employee, although they still exist, is not the experience that most people have."
The Workopolis survey also found that 48 per cent of those polled reported that they've had three or more separate career paths. The poll did not ask the reason why workers left their jobs, which could include leaving by their own choice or as a result of restructuring and layoffs.
For those who did quit on their own, the No. 1 one reason cited was due to bad relations with their boss (37 per cent); followed by boredom and unhappiness at work (29 per cent) and better opportunities elsewhere (20 per cent).
"We've all heard the term: 'People don't quit the job, they quit the boss.' That is one of the most prominent relationships you're going to have in your life. If it's not positive and constructive, it's going to wear on people," said Talbot.
The Workopolis survey results were taken from several polls conducted online between January and March. The polls were done with samples of between 1,000 and 5,000 Canadians. Although it did not ask respondents their age, the majority (57 per cent) of users on Workopolis are between 35 and 55 years old.
It’s interesting to note that the Workopolis findings are very similar to a series of exit interviews with workers from the manufacturing sector conducted by the Eastern Ontario Training Board eight years ago.