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12/07/2012

Worker Confidence Declines in Economic Uncertainty

 
Worker confidence could be shaken in uncertain economic times.

How’s your facility portfolio look?  How are your employees doing?  The Randstad Employee Confidence Index decreased last month to 51.7, breaking a previous two-month climb in confidence.

In the November Index, employees showed increased uncertainty around the availability of new jobs and in the strength of the economy. Despite the decrease in optimism, 59% of U.S. workers maintain strong levels of confidence in their employers' future. Additionally, slightly more workers expressed an increased sense of job security.

"November was a month of ups and downs for the U.S. labor market, but for the most part, our Index has remained fairly high given the mixed economic headlines," says Jim Link, managing director of human resources for Randstad US.

"With the presidential election behind us, economic anxiety still exists around the so-called fiscal cliff, potential sharp tax increases, and the economic outlook overseas. Yet, there are some very positive signs as we move into the last month of the year. The retail holiday season started off strong with more sales activity in stores and online when compared to 2011.

Consumers are also more confident than we've seen since early 2008, the housing market is showing signs of recovery, and third quarter GDP growth was revised upward to 2.7%. Despite this welcoming news, the economy still remains fragile and the unemployment rate will likely show little movement as we close out 2012."

Quick Stats:

Employee Confidence Decreases in November

  • The Employee Confidence Index decreased 2.6 points to 51.7 in November after increasing in both September (0.8 points) and October (1.9 points)
  • November saw a seven percentage point increase in employees indicating they believe the economy is getter weaker (41%  versus 34% last month)
  • 52% of workers  believe fewer jobs are available, an increase of six percentage points over last month
  • Only 20% believe more jobs are available  
  • Most employees, 59%, continue to feel confident in the future of their current employers and companies
  • Almost three-quarters of employees also feel secure in their jobs, with 72% indicating it is unlikely they will lose their job in the next 12 months. This number has held strong throughout 2012
  • 43% of employees in November indicated they are confident in their personal ability to find a new job, however, a quarter of employees (25%) reported they were not confident in their ability to find a new job
  • More than a third of employees, 36 %, are ready to move on to their next job, indicating it is likely they will transition to a new job in the next year
 


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The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

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09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

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09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

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08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

08/21/2014

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08/20/2014

The NHL has partnered with the NRDC to release their first sustainability report. 

08/19/2014

A new battery has been developed that is free of toxic materials and longer lasting than its more expensive competitors.

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