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CANADIAN WORKERS MORE SATISFIED WITH PAY THAN U.S. WORKERS; WYATT STUDIES IN BOTH COUNTRIES FIND GREATER PAY SATISFACTION AMONG MEN

CANADIAN WORKERS MORE SATISFIED WITH PAY THAN U.S. WORKERS; WYATT

STUDIES IN BOTH COUNTRIES FIND GREATER PAY SATISFACTION AMONG MEN
 BOSTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian workers are more satisfied with their pay than U.S. workers, according to new surveys of workers' attitudes in the two countries. According to Wyatt WorkUSA, 50 percent of U.S. Workers indicated they are satisfied with their pay, while Wyatt WorkCANADA found that 60 percent of Canadians said they are satisfied with their pay.
 "The pay issue stands out like a sore thumb," said John Parkington, a consultant with Wyatt's Boston office, "because U.S. and Canadian workers agree on so many other work issues."
 When private-sector workers in both countries were surveyed by Wyatt earlier this year to determine their attitudes about jobs, management, pay, benefits and other key workplace issues, they responded within 2 or 3 percentage points on all issues except pay, Parkington noted.
 Wyatt WorkUSA and Wyatt WorkCANADA found that the highest pay satisfaction in both countries related to the issue of internal pay equity. In Canada, 66 percent said they were paid fairly when compared with other people in their company, while 59 percent in the United States felt that way.
 "Several factors account for the difference in pay perceptions between Canadian and U.S. workers," said Parkington. "First, the gap between the lowest paid worker and the highest paid executive is narrower in Canada than in the U.S. Second, recent pay equity laws in Canada are forcing employers there to pay people who perform the same work equitably."
 He continued, "Finally, Canadian employers do a better job of communicating with workers about how pay is determined -- our surveys show that 53 percent of Canadians gave their employers high marks on pay communication compared to 46 percent in the U.S."
 Parkington also noted that in both countries, men are more satisfied with pay than women. In Canada, 62 percent of the men said they were satisfied with their pay, compared to 57 percent of the women; in the United States it was 52 percent of the men, compared to 47 percent of the Women.
 Few in Either Country Find Pay Related to Performance
 One pay issue on which workers agree is "pay for performance." "In both countries, they say it doesn't work," Parkington said. In the United States, only 27 percent saw a linkage between pay increases and job performance, while in Canada it was 26 percent.
 "To connect pay increases to good job performance, companies must communicate the performance levels that will yield particular pay rewards," Parkington recommended. "Companies have to make sure the rewards are meaningful; then, they have to provide employees with the support and resources they need to meet challenging performance goals."
 Wyatt WorkUSA and Wyatt WorkCANADA are both statistically representative surveys of employee work attitudes in the private sector in their respective countries. Each is a carefully designed probability survey of workers' attitudes about workplace issues. The methodology for each was structured by Wyatt's survey specialists to provide a reliable statistical sample.
 The Wyatt WorkUSA survey involved over 5,800 individuals, while Wyatt WorkCANADA involved over 2,200 individuals. Both surveys represent all geographic areas, industries and job levels.
 The Wyatt Company is an international consulting firm specializing in the areas of human resources, financial management and systems with more than 3,700 employees in 70 cities.
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