80 per cent feel they’ve been treated fairly, although heavy workload, isolation and COVID-19 exposure are among biggest challenges, finds a new KPMG in Canada survey
TORONTO, April 26, 2021 /CNW/ – Amid the elevated anxiety, stress, and exhaustion during COVID-19, the pandemic has also resulted in improved loyalty to employers and a stronger sense of purpose in the workforce, finds a new poll by KPMG in Canada. The biggest workplace challenges, say full-time Canadian employees, include work/life balance, isolation, COVID-19 exposure, and a heavy workload.
Four in five (80 per cent) say their employer has treated them fairly during the pandemic, of which 18 per cent described the first few months of the pandemic as “rocky” but their employer pivoted, making “positive adjustments along the way.” But, nearly half say their workload is heavier than it was pre-pandemic.
“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,” says Emily Brine, Managing Director, Firm Management, Talent and Culture, KPMG in Canada. “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.”