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Two in Five Canadians Say their Employer does not Support an Active Lifestyle
|By PR Newswire
|March 26, 2014 07:00 AM EDT
TORONTO, March 26, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The typical eight hour workday is
a long forgotten concept for a vast number of Canadians in today's
workforce. According to the most recent global Workmonitor study by
Randstad Canada, the country's largest staffing, recruitment and HR
services company, 40% of Canadians feel like their employer doesn't
support a healthy lifestyle - and even more Canadians (56%) feel like their employer does not support a mentally fit lifestyle by, for example, providing a job coach or a mentor.
Virtually all Canadians (96%) say that having a good work-life balance
is the number one priority for a healthy lifestyle, but having this
balance may be far from reality for most. With work demands
intensifying as employees try to advance their skills, in combination
with increased demands while on the job, heading out to play basketball
or run a few laps is becoming increasingly difficult for many workers.
What companies may not be considering is how a lack in physical and
mental stimulation can affect the end product, as three in four
Canadians say they perform better at work when they work-out or play
However, even though workers are staying late and bringing their jobs
home on the weekend, they are trying to fit in physical fitness where
they can. Seventy-five per cent of workers opt to take the stairs
instead of pressing the elevator button throughout the day.
"It is not a surprise to see so many Canadians taking their health and
wellness into their own hands. Improving work-life balance is a common
theme for workers from all generations, career levels and industries,
and one employers need to make a priority." says Lauranna Ji, Health
and Safety Manager, Randstad Canada. "With many companies working with
similar or smaller budgets than last year, a healthy lifestyle for
their employees is often overlooked in the pursuit for a better bottom
line. However, offering health and wellness incentives, such as a
mentorship program, lieu days for extra time worked or a discounted
company gym membership, are all ways that companies can show their
workers they understand the demands of today's world of work and are
invested in their wellbeing."
As people continue to pay closer attention to the ingredients that are
in prepared and convenience foods, half of Canadian workers do believe
that employers are promoting healthy food options for their workers on
the job. When it comes to staying mentally fit, employees would like to
see more opportunities to speak to a mentor or a job coach, as only 43%
of workers say these opportunities are available to them.
When it comes to taking time away for personal reasons, more than
three-quarters (79%) of Canadian employees say their employer is
supportive - and if time-off is needed to take care of a family member,
nearly as many (68%) say their employer would be supportive. The survey
also revealed how important the family unit is to Canadians, as nearly
70% of Canadians say they would quit their job if their employer did
not let them take time off to take care of a family member.
Japanese Employees Feel the Most Overworked Globally
Around the world, Japan has the lowest score (37%) of all the countries
when it comes to feeling like they have enough energy to go to work - a
direct result of feeling overworked. At the other end of the spectrum,
the vast majority of workers in India (94%) say they have enough energy
to go to work every day. Those from India had a positive perspective
about their employer's overall, saying their employers are supportive
when it comes to promoting a healthy lifestyle (82%) as well as taking
time for personal reasons (82%).
The majority of Canadians (89%) say they have enough energy to go to
work, and similar scores are seen in the United States (86%) and UK
"Healthy employees, physically as well as mentally, make for better
performers, and thus contribute more to the overall business goals.
Employers who promote work-life balance and a healthy lifestyle have a
better chance of attracting and retaining productive workers, and are
more likely to see their employees committed to driving business
results every day." adds Ji.
About Workmonitor: The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in 2003, and now covers 33
countries around the world, encompassing Europe, Asia Pacific, and the
Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year,
making both local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over
time. The quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire
among a population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in
a paid job (not self-employed). The minimal sample size is 400
interviews per country, using Survey Sampling International. Research
for the 1st wave in 2014 was conducted January 13-30, 2014.
About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR
Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country,
we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job
seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful
knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of
recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca
SOURCE Randstad Canada
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