When it comes to red tape, many Canadian employers might just need to cut it: RBC study

    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - Red tape, time constraints and office politics
top the list of employed Canadians as the biggest detractors from work, and
according to a new workplace study from RBC may be far greater barriers to
productivity than they were 10 years ago.
    The RBC Survey, conducted by Ipsos Reid and titled The Competition for
Canadian Talent, shows that when it comes to what gets in the way of their
ability to do their job, 41 per cent of working Canadians say it is red tape
and bureaucracy. This is a significant change from 1998 when just over
one-quarter (26 per cent) of the working population agreed that rules and
regulations impede their personal productivity. Also noteworthy is that office
politics (36 per cent) and gossip (31 per cent) are greater annoyances than
they were a decade ago when they were at 19 and 18 per cent respectively.
    "I would like to think employers have gotten better not worse when it
comes to office practices but these results say otherwise," said
Christianne Paris, RBC's vice-president, Recruitment and Learning. "Policies
and procedures are absolutely necessary in order to be successful, but it's
evident many employers need to do things differently in order to engage
employees more effectively."
    Canadians most likely to agree red tape and bureaucracy impede their
ability to do their jobs are likely to be:

    -   employed full-time (44 per cent);
    -   aged 45 to 65 (44 per cent); and
    -   male (45 per cent versus 36 per cent of females).

    According to the RBC Survey, those most likely to feel that office
politics (36 per cent) are an impediment to work are more likely to be:

    -   older, aged 45 to 65 (39 per cent);
    -   in junior positions (38 per cent versus 31 per cent in senior
        positions) and,
    -   those earning between $80,000 and $100,000 (53 per cent) per year.

    In order, the RBC Survey lists the biggest barriers to work as:

    Factor                                       1998            Now
    Red tape and bureaucracy                     26 per cent     41 per cent
    Not enough time                                              40 per cent
    Lack of resources                                            39 per cent
    Unclear expectations                                         38 per cent
    Office politics                              19 per cent     36 per cent
    Gossip                                       18 per cent     31 per cent
    Not enough independence to make decisions                    28 per cent
    Boss or manager                              15 per cent     24 per cent
    Computer and network systems                 10 per cent     22 per cent
    Lack of privacy                              12 per cent     21 per cent
    Too many meetings                            12 per cent     19 per cent
    Voice mail and email                         10 per cent     17 per cent

    "There's no telling whether the roadblocks have become more of a nuisance
or workers have become less tolerant," noted Paris. "What is certain is that
there's tremendous potential for improvement so that workers can get their
work done and employers can achieve maximum results."

    These are some of the findings of an RBC poll conducted by Ipsos Reid
between November 5 and November 15, 2007. The online survey is based on a
randomly selected representative sample of 2,052 Canadian full and part-time
workers. With a representative sample of this size, the results are considered
accurate to within +/-2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they
would have been had the entire adult Canadian population been polled. These
data were statistically weighted to ensure the sample's regional and age
composition reflects that of the actual employed Canadian population according
to the 2006 Census data.

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For further information: Media Contact: Judi Levita, (416) 974-8810

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