COVID-19 stress has 41 per cent of B.C. workers considering job change, survey finds

October 24, 2020

By Vancouver Sun |

B.C. employers are becoming more comfortable with business during COVID-19, but about 41 per cent of their employees are ready to quit, according to a new survey by the recruiting firm Hays.

That figure isn’t as high as the national average of 49 per cent, but with those numbers of people considering a move, despite an uncertain job market, it’s “a big problem,” said Hays Canada president Travis O’Rourke.

“When you’re in the employment market, where we are every day, I’m not surprised,” O’Rourke said. “We’re hearing the pulse of the labour market every day and employees aren’t happy with their current situation.”

It’s the accumulation of stress from suddenly being forced to work from home — the isolation and loss of interaction, combined with the impact of COVID-19-related cuts that leave remaining employees overloaded with extra work.

“When you go through layoffs and cutbacks and salary freezes, or in some cases salary rollbacks, that’s where a lot of the distaste is coming from,” O’Rourke said.

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