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Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015
The Hays 2015 Salary Guide finds employers trying to increase productivity without increasing headcount, which is increasing workplace stress and decreasing morale. This is especially noticeable in functions such as IT, office professionals and HR. However, for forward-thinking companies, the right training and development can help reduce the impact on employee stress and morale.
More than a quarter of employers are creating new hybrid roles to manage workloads, according to the Salary Guide. While this is an effective way to improve productivity, it can create a pressure cooker situation for employees. More than a third of employers say increased workloads and employee pressure is driving up stress leave and general inefficiencies, and contributing to lower office morale.
You cannot expect employees to take on new tasks and responsibilities without sufficient training. Workers who do not feel confident in their tasks quickly become demotivated and frustrated.
As Canadian companies see business activity increase, eventually permanent headcounts will have to increase, but in the meantime strategic use of training and development, along with flexible workforce options and effective benefits, will ensure your company can meet its business objectives, while maintaining margins.
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