According to the findings of a CROP-CRHA survey conducted on behalf of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés just a few days before Labour Day, Quebec workers are very optimistic about the future, despite the uncertainty created by the economic crisis.
Workers confident about the future
The survey shows that 83% of respondents are optimistic about their organization’s future. At 78%, this figure is slightly lower in the Greater Montreal area, compared to 94% in the Quebec City region. Among lower-wage earners, the percentage of optimists fell to 67%.
“This optimistic attitude is definitely good news given its positive impact on worker motivation,” commented Florent Francoeur, CHRP, Ordre president and CEO.
Workload: a serious concern
However, the respondents did express a number of major concerns. When they were asked what their employer’s HR management priority should be in the next few months, workload and work organization topped the list at 23%. This figure rose to 40% among those earning between $80,000 and $100,000.
Pay and benefits took second place (at 20%), while internal communication ranked third at 15%.
Priorities were different for workers in the lower income brackets ($40,000 and less): 32% considered better pay and benefits to be the main issues their employers should tackle in future months.
“Now that many experts say we’re nearing the end of the crisis, it’s crucial for employers to take action on the issues identified by their employees since they are directly linked to workers’ present and future productivity,” concluded Francoeur.
The findings of the CROP-CRHA survey are available by clicking here. (in French only)