As we adapt to the changing workplace, employee expectations are reshaping the world of work. Mercer’s latest Global pandemic survey on labour market challenges and returning to the worksites examines 103 Canadian employers perspectives on attraction and retention, and the actions they are taking to compete for talent.

What’s driving the attraction and retention challenges – according to employers?

Voluntary turnover

Attraction challenges

Employers are feeling the pressure – especially with their mid-career professionals and managers

Employers experiencing higher levels of attrition for this segment

Employers experiencing moderate to significant difficulty recruiting


Senior Mgmt/Executives


Mid-Career Prof/Mgr


Entry level professionals


Hourly office workers


Hourly front-line workers


Hourly factory workers


Senior Mgmt/ Executives


Mid-Career Prof/Mgr


Entry level professionals


Hourly office workers


Hourly front-line workers


Hourly factory workers

How are employers responding?

Strategic actions being taken

Enhancing workplace flexibility

Wellbeing and mental health

Investing in DE&I

Reevaluating comp and ben

Reviewing the EVP

Strategic workforce planning

Financial actions

To address talent acquisition

To address retention

Employees value flexibility. It’s no coincidence, more companies capitalizing on it.





Seize the opportunity

COVID-19 has changed the way we work forever. It showed employees that another workplace is possible – and economic conditions as the pandemic subsides have given them the power to demand it.

Contact us today to get started on building your workforce for the future.

Source: Based on the responses of 103 Canadian organizations to Mercer’s global pandemic survey on labour market challenges and returning to worksites, from July 19, 2021 to August 9, 2021.