HR services and staffing firm Randstad revealed that U.S. workers express feeling secure in their jobs and are generally optimistic about the future. About 75 percent of workers responding to the Randstad Engagement Index reported feeling secure in their jobs and 5 percent foresee an improvement in the job market throughout 2012.
Additionally, employees were found to be less willing to make undue sacrifices in order to keep their current jobs and are experiencing growing optimism over the prospect of changing jobs. Only 20 percent of respondents reported to being willing to receive reduced benefits and just 10 percent were willing to accept a demotion to remain in their current position.
While 58 percent of workers believe they would not find a job they would accept at
the moment, 45 percent plan to explore their employment option as the market continues to improve. According to Randstad’s six component index of engagement, 78 percent of employees feel motivated and willing to perform their best every day, 74 percent are proud of the company they work for, 68 percent of employees enjoy their jobs, 63 percent of employees feel recognized and valued for their contributions, 62 percent state that they trust their leaders to make good decisions, and 65 percent of employees feel that they share values with their company.
“Employees are indicating greater job security which is a good sign for companies. As employees regain their job confidence, there is a real opportunity for employers to re-engage their workforces to maximize and improve performance, productivity and output,” said Joanie Ruge, senior vice president chief employment analyst for Randstad Holding US. “As the economy and job market continue to recover, employees will likely be more motivated to assess their careers and look towards future prospects. Companies need to be on the lookout for both at-risk employees and top performers and tailor their engagement plans to meet their differing needs. By developing and delivering effective engagement and retention strategies, companies and their employees will reap the benefits both today and in the future.”