What do people value most in a job?

Quality of work means different things to different people.

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie did a survey in Fall 2022 to better understand what quality of work means to local residents and what they value most in a job.

The survey’s findings will be released soon.

The survey looked at questions such as: Are wages the biggest consideration when it comes to people applying for or staying in a job? How important are benefits? How important are chances for promotion, opportunities to use skills, access to additional training and professional development? What about workplace culture, the social environment at work?

All of these things can be a factor in whether a workplace is considered a good place to work or not.

Competition for workers

With low unemployment rates and a tight labour market, many employers face competition for workers.

Learning what people value most could prompt businesses to reassess their policies and practices related to quality of work, taking steps to enhance their reputation as a great place to work.

The survey may also give community service organizations, business groups and local government leaders insights on how they can support better quality of work.

This Quality of Work project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.

Graphic for the Quality of Work survey

Have you seriously considered quitting your job in the last year? If so, why?

- Quality of Work survey question

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