Sorry, Dolly: Working 9-5 is not the way Canadians want to make a living

A new study from LinkedIn reveals some interesting trends when it comes to job interview honesty, preferred work perks and dress codes in modern Canadian offices.

According to LinkedIn’s New Norms @Work study, honesty may no longer be the best policy for Canadians looking for a new job. Some 56 per cent of Canadian respondents said they wouldn’t be completely honest about being fired – millennials aged 25-34 were most likely to skirt the truth, at 62 per cent.

Casual dress codes are becoming more common, but not in all industries. Some seven per cent of respondents spend as much time dressing for work as they do for a night on the town, and 30 per cent of women said they get judged more than man for what they wear to work. Across genders, 53 per cent said they’re mindful of their professional brand and keep two wardrobes – one for work and one for play.

For all the ink spilled about employers having to cater to millennials, millennials were most likely – 70 per cent – to characterize themselves as “yes employees” that do as they’re told and don’t question authority.

When it comes to perks, it’s unsurprising that Canadians prefer progressive employers that offer more than the usual benefits. More than half said they preferred flexible work hours to the standard 9-5 work day. Maternity leave top-up was also a popular request.

“The results from LinkedIn’s New Norms @Work study show that as workplace norms and what professionals expect from their employers evolve, Canadians’ professional brands have become more important than ever before,” said Kathleen Kahlon, communications lead for LinkedIn Canada, in a statement. “Whether it’s how you dress, how much you reveal about your employment history, or how often you update your profile photo, the decisions you make about your professional brand online and in-person can all impact your career.”


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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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