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Over 200 organizations across Canada gave us the following key highlights.



Voluntary (or employee-initiated) turnover in 2020.



Involuntary (or employer-initiated) turnover in 2020.


10 days/year

How many days an average employee is absent.



Sales generated per FTE, compared to a cost per FTE of $276,352 for total rewards.



Percentage of the workforce that is female.



Percentage of working people living with disabilites.



Percentage of workforce identified as being from racialized group (visible minority). 1.8% of the workforce is identified as Indigenous.



Percentage of workforce that is engaged.

Data pulled from our 2020 HR Metrics survey.

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Talent Trends: Languishing and the Great Attrition

COVID-19 and lockdowns in 2020 provided volatile conditions for employees and employers. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a sharp contraction in economic activity in Canada. Roughly 3 million Canadians lost their employment in March and April 2020, and millions more worked reduced hours. The unemployment rate peaked at in May 2020 but recovered over the second half of that year as the economy tentatively reopened.

Data briefing  |  12-min read  |  January 14, 2022

Recent and Upcoming Releases

Watch for our updates on related HR topics. These monthly releases will break down information by region and industry.

Emerging Trends (May 2022)

The last two years have changed the way we work and has made us reconsider ways of working, both from an employer and an employee point-of-view. While we know things have changed, data on how this is impacting workplaces is still quite sparse. This episode we hear how the Conference Board of Canada’s Human Capital team is working to fill in the gaps in HR trends and metrics.

We explore: what’s really happening with Canada’s “great resignation”; how to approach employee engagement; why some companies are adjusting their engagement strategies to deal with current and future challenges; and how where you work (remote, onsite or hybrid) is impacting these key metrics. These trends provide critical insights into the workforce and workplace of the future.

Lauren Florko  |  13-min listen
Podcast  |  May 18, 2022

Health and Safety (April 2022)

Nearly one quarter of organizations do not have a short-term disability program in place for their employees. Culture plays a key role in the mental and physical well-being of employees. By promoting safety and demonstrating leadership, organizations are working minimize health and safety risks and encourage wellness.

Online experience  |  2-min read
April 6, 2022

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Absence (March 2022)

Larger organizations (5,000+ employees) had significantly higher absenteeism than smaller organizations. This may be a sign that employees in smaller organizations were striving to cover disruptions and may be languishing (the opposite of flourishing) or engaging in presenteeism.

Online experience  |  2-min read
March 1, 2022

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (February 2022)

Despite identifying diversity, equity, and inclusion as top priorities many organizations are still not tracking these metrics. Only 44 per cent of organizations surveyed tracked representation across equity-deserving groups, and only 30 per cent conducted pay equity analyses. Some organizations are expanding how they view and track diversity and considering ways to measure inclusion.

Online experience  |  2-min read
February 28, 2022

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Engagment (January 2022)

Most organizations measure employee engagement—and for good reason. An engaged workforce is a win-win for employees and employers. Engaged employees feel that they have a sense of purpose, enjoy their job and colleagues, and would recommend their organization to others. Engagement translates to increased sales, better customer satisfaction, greater productivity, and greater employee retention—leading to better financials overall.

Issue briefing  |  10-min read
January 27, 2022

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Turnover (December 2021)

In fiscal 2020, voluntary turnover was higher than expected, likely due to the unique stressors of COVID-19, early retirements, and talent shortages. The highest rates of voluntary turnover were seen at the management and professional job levels and in industries that provided scientific, professional, or technical services.

Online experience  |  3-min read
December 3, 2021

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