ADP Canada Co. and Robert Half Canada have each released their own research surveys, together painting a picture of employee satisfaction that some might find troubling.

According to ADP, that firm’s Happiness@Work Index showed a slight increase – just 0.1 per cent – in July after falling in June. Its overall national work happiness score for July was just 6.7 out of 10. The firm conducts the monthly survey asking more than 1,200 employed Canadian adults to rate workplace factors on a scale of one to 10.

They say the greater work-life balance and flexibility scores are likely the result of summer months, where many take breaks and companies also implement summer policies such as summer hours. Overall, just 44 per cent of workers surveyed for that report said they feel satisfied with their current role and responsibilities. 

The Robert Half research, meanwhile, shows that 41 per cent are either already looking for a new job or plan to look for a new job before the end of the year. Just 31 per cent of the 1,148 surveyed said they were interested in contract roles in the future.

Workers exploring other employment opportunities 55 per cent of the time said they were motivated by higher salaries. Better benefits and perks were cited by 28 per cent of respondents and remote working options were noted as being preferable to 26 per cent of the job seekers surveyed.

The second report also offers suggestions to firms trying to recruit by analyzing why professionals lose interest and withdraw from the hiring process. Of those surveyed, 56 per cent say they would withdraw due to poor communication and follow up, 46 per cent said excessive interviews (more than three rounds was identified as being excessive) would cause them to drop out, followed by 38 per cent who said a delayed or lengthy decision-making process would similarly cause them to withdraw.