This may come as a shock, but our Canadian tech companies may not be great places to work.
“But hold the phone!” you say. “What about our super cool coffee machines and our team excursions to the paintball park? We let our guys wear grubby old t-shirts and flip-flops to work. How could they NOT love this place?”
This isn’t our opinion, but is in fact what became painfully clear in a recent survey of tech employees. And you’ll want to read on because some of these employees may be sitting in the next cublicle, wearing flip-flops and not giving you their best efforts.
We recently teamed up with the research genius that is Material Minds to measure employee engagement in the Ontario tech sector, and compared this to findings from south of the border. Here is what we wanted to know:
- Do the people of Ontario’s Tech Industry love their jobs?
- Are they engaged in their work?
- Would they promote their employer to their friends?
The results were surprising to say the least. You can read the full survey results Here. But here are some of the most insightful bits:
Only 23% of the employees in our survey would promote their company and tell others that its a great place to work.
And the rest?
77% of Canadians are unenthusiastic or actively disengaged. Wow! Most shocking is the fact that 41% of survey participants are active Detractors, meaning that they may be out there bad-mouthing you as an employer right now!
You know this is bad, but there are measurable results to your bottom line to also consider. According to Gallup Consulting’s findings; companies with average financial performance typically have the full engagement of at least 33% of employees, while companies with world-class performance have at least 67% engagement. Our tech sector isn’t looking so good.
If it is any consolation, the findings from the American population of tech employees was only slightly better, with 29% of employees indicating that they would promote their company as good place to work.
So, can we fix this? Here are a few more insights that shed light on the problem. The survey shows that employees, for the most part:
- Are not highly engaged;
- Aren’t highly supportive of their employer’s mission;
- Know what is expected of them but don’t have enough time to do their work;
- Don’t get enough recognition; and
- Don’t get enough feedback.
Amidst all of this doom and gloom, where can we find opportunity? What conclusions can you draw for a company that wants to do better and be better?
You can count on us having some opinions and ideas, but we want to hear what you think about these findings. Do you agree? Can the problem be solved?
(This post was co-authored by Alex Stobe, my colleague at The Laudi Group. Check him out here (ca.linkedin.com/in/alexstobe) He’s a smart recruiter and all around good human.)