In a recent survey by Randstad U.S., workers revealed they are hopeful for a better year in 2013 when it comes to their jobs and the economy.
According to a press release on the survey, 57 percent of employees believe they are likely to receive a raise in 2013, up 10 percent from last year. Workers also feel positive about their companies, with 47 percent predicting their employers will expand their workforce in 2013, and 30 percent believing they will receive a promotion (up 7 and 6 percent, respectively, from October 2011).
However, nearly half (47 percent) of workers feel the economy has negatively impacted their careers, yet only 15 percent of employees believe they might lose their jobs (down 5 percent from 2011). At the same time, most employees (78 percent) believe their companies have a great future.
"The outlook for next year certainly looks brighter for most employees. With the election and economic issues at home and abroad, a cloud of uncertainty had caused many employees to remain skeptical around future jobs and employability in 2012," said Jim Link, managing director of Human Resources for Randstad U.S.
"Today we see employees are very positive about their future prospects and are hopeful to regain any economic momentum lost. As optimism increases, employee engagement will be increasingly important for companies' retention efforts. This is why it is so valuable for employers to analyze and understand what motivates their most important asset--talent."
Survey data indicates employees are more optimistic when it comes to employer benefits and employment:
Most employees indicate positive attitudes towards their current jobs with over two-thirds, 68 percent, indicating their company makes an effort to keep them engaged. Also, 62 percent of workers expect to grow their careers with their current employers. Of workers surveyed, 79 percent indicated they are inspired to do their best, and 77 percent are proud to work for their company or organization.
- Just 16 percent of employees believe they will get a pay cut in 2013, down 8 percent from last year.
- 41 percent of employees believe their company will cut back on benefits in 2013, down 6 percent from 2011.
- Only a third of employees, 33 percent, believe their company will lay people off in the New Year.