ADP Canada Releases Happiness@Work Index

Canadian workers say compensation, benefits and options for career advancement are less satisfying in June compared to last month, resulting in a decrease of the National Work Happiness Score.


The ADP Canada monthly Happiness@Work Index (“Index”) for June 2023 reveals a decrease across all primary and secondary indicators. The only workers reporting an increase in their Work Happiness Scores for June are those who identify as Boomers and those located in Québec.

The National Work Happiness Score for June 2023 is 6.6/10, representing a decrease of 0.1 points from May 2023.

“The findings from the June Index highlight a shift in the overall happiness of Canadian workers across regions and demographics, which is particularly interesting when considering the widespread increases we saw last month,” says Heather Haslam, Vice President of Marketing, ADP Canada. “The downward trajectory this month may be a reflection of the transition to summer and potentially indicate that Canadian workers are ready to take some time off to recharge. It is also important to consider the challenging external environment Canadians are facing today – from the impact of inflation and rising interest rates to wildfires raging across the country, underscoring the close connection between our work life and personal life.”

June 2023 Happiness@Work Index Highlights

  • National Work Happiness Score: 6.6/10 (-0.1) *
  • Indicator Breakdown
    • Primary Indicator: 6.8/10 (-0.1) *
    • Secondary Indicators:
      • Work-Life Balance and Flexibility: 6.8/10 (-0.1) *
      • Compensation and Benefits: 6.1/10 (-0.2) *
      • Recognition and Support: 6.6/10 (-0.1) *
      • Options for Career Advancement: 5.9/10 (-0.2) *

The June Index reveals that the primary indicator of worker happiness is at 6.8, a decrease from May (6.9/10) and means that 43 per cent of workers in Canada say they feel satisfied with their current role and responsibilities. The top secondary indicators continue to be work-life balance and recognition.

The June Index also reveals negative changes for most Canadian workers across generations and regions around their feelings of happiness in the workplace:

National Work Happiness Score: Generational Snapshot

  • Boomers (56-75): 7.3/10 (+0.1) *
  • Millennials (25-40): 6.6/10 (-0.2) *
  • Gen-Z (18-24): 6.5/10 (-0.4) *
  • Gen-X (41-55): 6.4/10 (-0.1) *

Regional Work Happiness Score Snapshot

  • Québec: 7.1/10 (+0.1) *
  • British Columbia: 6.8/10 (-0.1) *
  • Atlantic Canada: 6.5/10 (-0.5) *
  • Ontario: 6.4/10 (-0.2) *
  • Sask/Manitoba: 6.4/10 (-0.1) *
  • Alberta: 6.4/10 (-0.1) *

“It’s important to recognize that challenges faced by workers outside of the workplace can impact how they feel about work – for employers, it is essential to take action to foster wellbeing in the workplace, particularly during tough times like these,” continues Haslam. “These results are a good reminder to check in with staff and revisit current support systems to ensure you’re building a positive environment to support employees both professionally, and personally.”

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