The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie has launched a new survey to learn more about employees and those looking for work.
Specifically, the planning board wants to know why people stay in a job or quit.
“We hope to better understand why people are out of work, quit their jobs or have stopped applying for work,” said Danette Dalton, the planning board’s executive director. “We’ve regularly surveyed employers about their experiences and challenges but we haven’t heard the perspective of employees and job seekers who make up the supply side of the workforce.”
Dalton noted the survey is timely because local employers have reported increased difficulty finding workers. They’re also expressing frustration that some new hires don’t possess the necessary skills or desire to work, with some leaving after a few days, she said.
A recent survey of local employers found that 56 per cent of the 360 that participated had employees quit in 2018, making staff retention one of the top issues faced by employers.
Norfolk County’s unemployment figures are estimated every three months. The unemployment rate in July remained unchanged at 5.9 per cent — the same as in March.
The national and provincial jobless rates were both at 5.7 per cent, according to figures released Friday by Statistics Canada.
The job seeker and employee survey takes five minutes to complete and is aimed at all residents – working or unemployed – in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk counties, New Credit and Six Nations. It is being conducted by the planning board with the assistance of local employment services agencies and community partners.
The online survey can be found at www.workforceplanningboard.org .
The survey asks unemployed people questions about how they look for work, what factors make it difficult to find employment, reasons for leaving a job and how the community could help them find work.
Employed people are asked what factors contribute to job satisfaction, reasons for staying in a job and reasons why they left a previous job.
The survey is funded by the provincial and federal governments.
The planning board is a non-profit organization that plays a leadership role in workforce development in Brant, Brantford, Haldimand, New Credit, Norfolk and Six Nations.