In 2016, the federal government established a new Employment Equity Strategy to encourage businesses to “engage and motivate their employees”.
The goal is to “create a workplace culture where the employer’s primary responsibility is to promote and sustain a culture of collaboration and fairness.”
But according to a report released last month by the Canadian Association of Chief Executives (CAFE), there is a “significant gap” in the way Canadians are seeing engagement.
According to CAFE, the number of employees who were “engaged” in a workplace is down from its previous peak of 16 per cent in 2010.
The report also found that only 8 per cent of employers were actively engaging their employees during 2016, a slight decrease from the previous year.
In a new report for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the report states that companies are not actively engaged with their employees on average.
“There is no evidence that this is occurring because of a concerted effort by employers to engage their employees and they are not even seeing the results of that effort,” says CAFE President and CEO Jean-Claude Bibeau.
The findings are the latest in a series of data-driven findings that point to a lack of engagement from employers, said Bibeaus.
“Employers should have a strategy to create a workplace where employees are actively engaged and rewarded for their hard work and contribution,” he said in a release.
“A strategy to foster the culture of cooperation and fairness requires employers to encourage employees to actively participate in their workplaces, and not simply give employees a one-off engagement card.”
A key takeaway from the CAFE report: “Engagement is not a new concept in Canada,” says Bibeaux.
“It is something that has been happening for decades.”