Canadians Feel Pressure to Stay Young on the Job



    Monster.ca poll finds most Canadians feel some workplace bias concerning
age, and almost half would consider cosmetic surgery to advance a career

    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ - The vast majority of Canadians say they believe
that a bias related to age exists in their workplace, according to a new poll.
And nearly half also believe that plastic surgery or cosmetic dental work
would definitely help them advance their careers.

    Nearly 80 per cent of Canadians who participated in a recent online poll
at Monster.ca said ageism - a bias based on age - exists in their workplace to
some degree.

    The poll asked respondents whether they feel ageism exists in their
workplace. Sixty-three per cent agreed that "age was obviously a factor" when
candidates are considered for job openings. Another 17% said they believe that
their employer prefers workers "in a certain age bracket."

    Only 19 per cent of the 2,133 Canadians polled - or just one in five -
said they believe that "people of all ages" are considered for job openings in
their workplace.

    Meanwhile, in a separate Monster.ca poll of 4,397 Canadians on the topic
of improving their appearance to get ahead, 47% said that they definitely
believe plastic surgery or cosmetic dental work would help advance their
career. About 38% disagreed, while 14% said they were unsure.

    "Today many Canadian employers are looking to help ease the labour
shortage," said Gabriel Bouchard, vice president and general manager, Monster
Canada. "And while employers are looking for new ways to keep baby boomers in
the workplace, it is interesting to note that many Canadians feel some kind of
age bias at work, with a person's age being viewed as a factor in their
employability."

    "As our workforce continues to age, it will be interesting to see how
attitudes change to perhaps favor older workers for their skills and
experience," Bouchard added.

    To view results of the latest Monster polls, and to read the current
feature story titled Going Under the Knife for Your Career, visit
www.Monster.ca.

    About Monster Canada

    Monster Canada (www.Monster.ca) is Canada's richest online career
resources portal - a bilingual, user-friendly online resource that is
revolutionizing job seeking and recruitment. Headquartered in Montreal,
Monster Canada is part of Monster, the leading global online careers and
recruitment resource. Monster was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in
Maynard, Massachusetts. Monster has 34 local language and content sites in 32
countries worldwide. Monster is known for connecting quality job seekers at
all levels with leading employers across all industries and offers employers
innovative technology and superior services that give them more control over
the recruiting process. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading
employer products and services, please visit http://recruiter.monster.ca.

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For further information:

For further information: Porter Novelli Canada (for Monster Canada)
Jennifer Wasley, 416-422-7189 Jennifer.wasley@porternovelli.com


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