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Work-life balance tops in retention

Wednesday April 29, 2015 Written by  Randstad Canada
A new survey reveals money may be what attracts talent to an organization, but work-life balance is what makes workers stay.

A Randstad Canada survey of 9,516 workers and job seekers between the ages of 18 and 65 reveals what potential employees deem important attributes when choosing an employer.

Competitive salary and employee benefits (70 per cent) tops this list as the most important factor for Canadian workers. Other highly valued attributes include:

  • Long-term job security (53 per cent)
  • A pleasant working atmosphere (50 per cent)
  • Good work-life balance (44 per cent)
  • Interesting job content (38 per cent)
  • A convenient location (35 per cent)
  • Career progression opportunities (34 per cent)

When asked what would make them stay with their current employer, Canadians identified the following factors:

  • Good work-life balance (46 per cent)
  • Competitive salary (40 per cent)
  • Flexible working arrangements (34 per cent)
  • Feeling recognized (26 per cent)

The survey also found that two in five Canadians (40 per cent) use social media to find jobs. Facebook is the most popular social media site (60 per cent), followed by LinkedIn (51 per cent), Google+ (30 per cent), Twitter (20 per cent) and Instagram (eight per cent.)

The survey was conducted as part of Randstad Canada’s Canada’s Most Attractive Employer awards program.

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