Workers More Inclined to Look for New Opportunities Since Recession
Workers of all ages have a new appreciation for company stability when making career decisions, a Robert Half survey reveals. Yet, for many, getting to firmer ground may entail a career change: Four out of 10 professionals polled said they are more inclined to look for new opportunities outside their firms as a result of the recession.
The survey also found:
- Thirty-seven percent of employees feel they are not being fairly compensated for assuming a greater workload during the recession.
- Twenty-eight percent said they are more engaged in their work as a result of the recession.
- For Gen Y, looking for a new job is the most common post-recession plan, whereas Gen Xers polled said they are more inclined to update their skills. For Baby Boomers surveyed, staying put at their current company was the most commonly cited post-recession career plan.
- Seventy-two percent of hiring managers said managing multigenerational work teams poses a challenge. But more than one-third of workers polled felt having a group of employees at different experience levels increases productivity.
- Forty-six percent of workers believe they will work past the traditional retirement age, and more than one-third said the most recent recession has had a very strong impact on those plans.
Stress Levels Still High, but Healthy Lifestyle Important to Workers
In the past year, employees have become increasingly aware of the value of a healthy lifestyle, and their employers appear to be taking strides in promoting health and wellness in the workplace, a survey by Workplace Options reveals.
Last year, 39% of workers found it difficult to spend money on healthy foods, and 37% cut back spending on health clubs. Now those numbers have dropped to 33% and 34%, respectively.
While stress levels among employees have subsided slightly from a year ago, 59% of workers still identify their jobs as stressful. And that stress may be cutting into time set aside for personal well-being. Thirty-two percent of employees claim to have spent less time exercising and have had more difficulty sleeping in the last six months.
The implications for employers are clear: 49% of survey respondents indicated that corporate wellness programs are key to their success in maintaining good physical and mental health.
Widespread Social Networking on the Job
Employee use of social networking Websites during work is widespread, but is not necessarily interfering with productivity, according to 40% of individuals polled in a Right Management survey. Only 18% of respondents reported social networking on the job often interferes with productivity, while 41% said it sometimes does so.
"Social networking is here to stay," comments Melvin Scale, Right Management's senior VP of Global Solutions. "By some it is perceived as disruptive, with about half of all companies reporting they block access to social media sites because of productivity and security concerns. However, some companies are looking for innovative ways to embrace the new medium."
The survey found:
- Forty-eight percent of C-suite and VP-level respondents said social networking seldom interferes with their productivity.
- The larger the organization, the less likely the perception that social networking hinders productivity, with 51% of people working at companies of 10,000 or more responding saying it seldom interferes, compared to 41% at smaller organizations.
- Not surprisingly, 62% of IT professionals said it seldom interferes, compared to 30% of sales professionals who reported it often interferes.