59 per cent of Canadians more motivated at work now than before pandemic: poll


Published April 27, 2021 at 12:50 am


Has the pandemic affected your performance at work?

A recent poll from KPMG in Canada found that the majority—80 per cent—of Canadians feel their employer has treated them fairly since the start of the pandemic.

However, 18 per cent described the initial months of the pandemic as difficult, before their employer made positive adjustments as it progressed.

According to the results, 49 per cent of those employed said their workload has increased over the last 13 months, while 36 per cent said their workload is relatively unchanged, and 15 per cent reported a lighter workload.

Additionally, 59 per cent of respondents said they feel more motivated and engaged now than before the pandemic, while 31 per cent said they’re so overworked they’re on the verge of burnout.

Further, 29 per cent are more committed to their employer than they were pre-pandemic—18 per cent said they were actively seeking other employment before the onset of the pandemic.

Moreover, 62 per cent said the pandemic has proven they can work independently.

“Our poll findings reveal that while many Canadians are feeling the weight of a heavy workload, they also feel they are making a difference during this extended and exceptionally challenging time,” Emily Brine, managing director of Firm Management, Talent and Culture for KPMG in Canada, said in a news release.

“Employees have really stepped up and made sacrifices to keep us safe, provide us needed goods and services, and help keep our communities and economy going. But, with stress levels intensifying during this third wave, the onus is on employers to continue supporting their workers in ways that both unite and inspire them,” she continued.

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