REPEAT: New Year's Resolutions: Canadian Workers To Focus On

REPEAT: New Year's Resolutions: Canadian Workers To Focus On Their
'Productivity', Want Bosses to Listen More-BMO Poll 
Poll reveals top three New Year's Resolutions for Employees and their
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/02/13 -- BMO Bank of Montreal
today released a new holiday survey which asked Canadian employees to
list their 2013 work-and-business-related New Year's resolutions.
Roughly a quarter of employees polled said they intend to be more
productive in 2013, and recommend their boss should resolve to listen
more closely to employee suggestions. 
"This time of the year is a great opportunity to reflect upon the
year's performance, both as an individual and as a member of a team.
These insights and assessments can serve as a good foundation for
turning well intended resolutions for the year ahead into measurable
and achievable goals for the New Year," said Steve Murphy, Senior
Vice President, Commercial Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal. "One thing
we know, from speaking with Canadian business owners, is the
importance they place on transparent communication with their
employees and the role this plays in setting performance goals that
can help employees excel and the business grow." 
While one in four business owners plan to increase the size of their
workforce in 2013, only six per cent of Canadian employees would like
to their bosses to do so. The majority of Canadian employees suggest
their boss should resolve to listen more closely to their employees.  

Top Three New Year's Resolution Recommendations for Bosses                  
                                   National  ATL   QC   ON  MB/SK   AB   BC 
Listen to employees more closely         23%  24%  24%  23%    16%  25%  20%
Communicate performance                                                     
 expectations/instructions more                                             
 clearly                                 10%   7%   7%  12%    11%  15%   8%
Upgrade office                                                              
 equipment/technology/software            8%  12%  10%   7%     6%   5%   8%
Top Three New Year's Resolutions for Canadian Employees                     
                                   National  ATL   QC   ON  MB/SK   AB   BC 
Productivity and organizing                                                 
 workload                                24%  29%  22%  21%    24%  32%  25%
Learn new workplace skill                23%  25%  23%  19%    27%  30%  29%
Network/collaborate                      22%  22%  19%  23%    25%  25%  20%

The BMO Survey, conducted by Pollara, also asked Canadians what
resolutions they intend to make for themselves in 2013. In addition
to 24 per cent of Canadians who said they intend to be more
productive in 2013, almost 22 per cent said they had made and
achieved the same resolution last year.  
The survey results cited in this release are from online interviews
with a random sample of 1,000 Canadians 18 years of age and older,
carried out between November 23rd and November 27th, 2012. A
probability sample of this size would yield results accurate to +/-
3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20. 
About BMO Financial Group  
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a
highly diversified North American financial services organization.
With total assets of $525 billion as at October 31, 2012, and more
than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of
retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and
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