Monster.ca Poll Shows Most Canadians Prefer Employers Who Demonstrate a
Positive Approach to Our Environment
TORONTO, October 2 /CNW/ - Canadians are looking for "greener pastures"
at work, according to a new Monster.ca online poll showing that given the
choice, 78% of participants - 2,854 out of 3,660 - would leave their current
job for an employer who is "more environmentally friendly."
"Companies should not overlook the fact that the environment is a high
priority for Canadians and that organizations are judged today by their
practices and by their image as it relates to this key issue," said Gabriel
Bouchard, Monster Canada's vice-president and general manager. "Smart
employers in this tight labour market are recognizing that an environmentally
friendly workplace is important to employees and to job candidates."
Bouchard added that according to HR recruiters, a growing trend today is
for environmentally informed job candidates to closely explore just how green
a company really is before taking a job there.
In a second Monster.ca poll related to the environment, the majority of
participants - 81% out of 1,275 people responding - took a dim view of their
current employer's performance on the environmental issue by agreeing with at
least one of these statements: their employer is "polluting" the environment,
"ignoring" the need to be environmentally friendly, or in need of "help to
become greener." Only about 18% - or about one in five - agreed with the
statement "My employer is extremely green."
Studies certainly indicate that employers have room for improvement on
the environmental front. Commercial and institutional buildings today account
for more than 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, while the average
office worker uses a quarter ton of materials each year - including an
incredible 10,000 pieces of copier paper.
So how can companies pay more attention to environmental issues? In a
third online poll, 702 of 1,211 participants - 57% - agreed that they would
like to see their employer encourage greater use of carpooling, public transit
and biking to work.
Without "reinventing the wheel," there are many ways for organizations to
create greener workplaces. To find out more about green workplaces, read
Monster.ca's special features Why Canadians Don't Want to Work for Polluters
and Fifteen Tips for a Greener Workplace.
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improving the employment and recruitment experience in today's competitive job
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