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SHRM Poll Finds Nearly Half of Employees Believe
Their Jobs Are Not at Risk
A majority of employees plan to stay put once the economy improves.
NEW ORLEANS − The number of workers who believe their job is “not at risk” dropped slightly to 47 percent compared with 51 percent roughly six months ago, while those who think their job is “significantly at risk” held steady at six percent.
The findings are detailed in a poll,
“The Continued Economic Downturn: Employee Perspective,” released yesterday by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at its 61st Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans.
The percentage of employees describing their job as “slightly at risk” rose from 31 percent in January to 35 percent in June while those who believe their job to be “moderately at risk” held steady at 13 percent.
“Although the economic outlook is slowly improving, the currently employed face recession concerns nonetheless,” said Steve Williams, Ph.D., SPHR, director of research at SHRM. “The poll data reflect workers’ perceptions about job security and the impact of benefit reductions and salary freezes in a weakened economy.”
Job security remains top of mind for the still employed with 56 percent reporting that it is “very unlikely” they will job hunt once the economy improves, a slight increase from the 51 percent who reported the same roughly six months ago.
Only 10 percent plan to job search or intensify an existing search when the economy picks up — a number unchanged from the start of this year. The poll shows an even split with the number (17 percent) of workers who report it is “somewhat unlikely” and “somewhat likely” they will jump ship when the job market improves. The numbers were nearly the same in January when 20 percent reported it “somewhat unlikely” and 19 percent said “somewhat likely”.
The poll also highlights how employees are managing their finances during tough times:
Other key findings in the poll include:
To read this survey and other SHRM surveys, please visit:
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