Survey: 80 Per Cent of Executives Comfortable Job Searching While Employed

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - Job seekers don't mind setting their sights on
greener pastures even while on their current employers' payrolls, according to
executives interviewed recently. Four out of every five (80 per cent)
respondents said they would be comfortable looking for a new job while still
    The poll included responses from 100 senior Canadian executives from
human resources, finance and marketing departments. It was conducted by an
independent research firm and developed by Accountemps, the world's first and
largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and
bookkeeping professionals.
    Executives were asked, "How comfortable would you feel looking for a new
job while still employed?" Their responses:

        Very comfortable............................. 48%
        Somewhat comfortable ........................ 32%
        Somewhat uncomfortable....................... 14%
        Very uncomfortable...........................  4%
        Don't know ..................................  2%

    "Top performers will always be in demand, and employers should make
retaining key staff an ongoing priority," said Max Messmer, chairman of
Accountemps and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies(R), 2nd Edition
(John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "The savviest companies never stop 're-recruiting'
people once they've been hired. These organizations regularly sell top
performers on their employment with the firm before they are tempted with an
offer from a competitor."
    Messmer emphasized that employers shouldn't rest on their laurels when it
comes to keeping their best team members. "The loss of star talent can hinder
a company's performance, and the current shortage of highly skilled
professionals in many specialties makes replacing these individuals even more

    Accountemps offers the following advice for maintaining an engaged

    -   Say thanks. Performance-based bonuses are a key way to reward
        exceptional work, but also remember to say "thank you" either in
        writing or in person for a job well done.
    -   Celebrate achievements. Honour employees' accomplishments in the
        presence of their peers. Recognizing staff can enhance morale while
        highlighting exemplary behaviour.
    -   Provide growth opportunities. One of the most common reasons people
        leave a company is a lack of advancement opportunities. If you're not
        in a position to offer a key employee a promotion, assign projects
        that will expand the person's skill set and help the individual meet
        valuable contacts within the organization.
    -   Foster professional development. Help team members expand their
        knowledge by offering access to training opportunities on a new
        software application or reimbursing them for fees associated with
        obtaining a professional certification.
    -   Ease the strain on overworked staff. Be responsive to signs that your
        employees are facing overload. Don't wait until they reach the
        breaking point to bring in additional temporary or full-time
        professionals as needed.

    Accountemps has more than 360 offices worldwide and offers online job
search services at

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Montreal,
Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at
416-365-9140, extension 62070.

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