Canadian HR Reporter

February 2020 CAN

Canadian HR Reporter is the national journal of human resource management. It features the latest workplace news, HR best practices, employment law commentary and tools and tips for employers to get the most out of their workforce.

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16 www.hrreporter.com M A R K E T N E W S NEWS BRIEFS Most employers are willing to exceed budgets to attract new talent in the next year, but less than half are planning to increase their staff count or increase salaries for existing staff, according to a survey by Hays Canada of more than 3,000 employers and employees: of employers are ready to exceed payroll budgets to attract new hires of employers plan to increase salaries for existing staff in the next year of companies said they will add permanent staff in the next year "It's great to see companies tackling compensation issues, but our data shows that workplace dissatisfaction is growing alongside employers' plans to slow the pace of hiring in 2020," says Rowan O'Grady, president of Hays Canada. "More pay is always a good thing, but it won't solve issues around staff morale or career development. Larger paycheques are typically eclipsed by heightened stress and staff burnout. Balancing pay with adequate staffing is a crucial consideration." Workplaces have become more relaxed in the past decade, but certain things such as foul language and pets at work are still frowned upon by a majority of companies, according to an online survey of more than 600 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees in Canada: More staff but fewer raises Workplace etiquette Employment by province November December November to December 2019 2019 December 2018 to (thousands) (thousands) 2019 (% change) December 2019 (% change) Newfoundland 226.8 221.8 -2.2 -2.6 and Labrador P.E.I. 79.0 80.1 1.4 6.1 Nova Scotia 466.8 465.7 -0.2 1.5 New Brunswick 354.3 356.4 0.6 1.4 Quebec 4,325.0 4,346.1 0.5 1.5 Ontario 7,518.4 7,543.5 0.3 3.3 Manitoba 651.8 654.6 0.4 0.2 Saskatchewan 581.2 579.1 -0.4 0.0 Alberta 2,338.7 2,337.7 0.0 -0.2 British Columbia 2,550.3 2,542.6 -0.3 0.3 Source: Accountemps 90% | said their organizations have loosened up over the past decade 55% | say foul language is still unacceptable in the office 51% | say bringing pets to the office isn't acceptable 47% | are against employees displaying political d├ęcor 34% | of companies are now more tolerant of non-traditional piercings 32% | are fine with visible tattoos, casual attire and non-traditional hair colours 27% | think casual language and emojis are OK in work emails. The Canadian economy received some good news to end off 2019, as 35,000 jobs were added in December, while the monthly unemployment rate fell to 5.6 per cent. For the entire year, 320,000 more workers gained employment, which resulted in a yearly gain of 1.7 per cent, says the latest Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Last year, the growth rate was 1.1 per cent. 66% 34% 40%

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