Randstad: Employers Beware, U.S. Workers Feeling Left Behind

  • workforce insights
  • August 23, 2012
ATLANTA, August 22, 2012 – In a study released today from Randstad, the second largest HR services and staffing company in the world, half of U.S. workers believe the economy has negatively impacted their career. According to the Randstad Engagement Index, forty-three percent of workers believe their careers have slowed down and it will be harder and will take more time to achieve career growth. Half of employees surveyed also believe the only way to help grow their careers is to switch to a new company.

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Yet, while many employees feel they have lost ground, the majority of U.S. workers remain engaged at work and report mostly positive attitudes towards their current jobs and employers. Three quarters (75 percent) f
eel inspired to do their best and 66 percent feel that their efforts are valued and recognized.  Yet, the number of workers reporting plans of exploring other job options rose by six percent (51 percent in Q2 versus 45 percent in the first quarter).

“U.S. workers have been committed to their jobs during the last few years, but companies will lose top talent now if they don’t address employees’ fears around stalled career growth due to the economy,” said Jim Link, managing director of Human Resources for Randstad U.S. “Employers need to examine career development options for their employees before workers begin exploring a career catch-up with a new company. At that point, it’s often too late and employers lose solid performers because they weren’t in-tune with their career needs and goals.”

Just over a third (36 percent) of employees indicate the most important activity for ongoing engagement is offering promotions or bonuses to high performing employees. Also topping the list of the most important engagement activities are: providing a comfortable and stimulating work environment (30 percent); encouraging employees to share their ideas and opinions (28 percent); and investing in employees’ careers through training, professional development, or continuing education (28 percent).

“According to our study, 66 percent of employees feel their company actively tries to keep employees engaged, however companies today need to realign their retention and engagement programs to focus on which activities will make the biggest impact,” said Link. “Even the most engaged employees are evaluating their career paths and determining their personal career growth strategies.”

The Randstad Engagement Index measures the attitudes and perceptions impacting employee engagement within companies today. The findings represent employees’ priorities, concerns, outlook and intent around both their current employer and future career plans. The quarterly study targets employees to help employers further understand and better engage their workforces.

The Randstad Engagement Index is comprised of findings from quarterly waves of research targeting employees and -annual surveys of employers. The fifth wave of findings was conducted June 28 - July 18, 2012 from a national sample of  3,251 aged 18 and older who are currently employed full time from Ipsos’ U.S. online panel were interviewed online.

Weighting was used to balance demographics and ensure samples reflect the U.S. population of working adults.

Employees and employers were surveyed to compare notable differences in perceptions and attitudes. Multiple waves of research allow for trending and to track changes in perceptions and attitudes over time.  Research into employee attitudes and perceptions will be conducted quarterly. Research into employer attitudes and perceptions will be conducted on an annual basis.

About Ipsos Public Affairs
Ipsos Public Affairs is a non-partisan, objective, survey-based research practice which conducts strategic research initiatives for a diverse number of American and international organizations, based on public opinion research.  They are the international polling agency of record for Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.  To learn more, visit: www.ipsos-pa.com.

About Randstad US
Randstad is a $22.5 billion global provider of HR services and the second largest staffing organization in the world. From temporary staffing to permanent placement to inhouse, professionals, search & selection, and HR Solutions, Randstad holds top positions around the world and has approximately 28,700 corporate employees working from its nearly 4,700 branches and inhouse locations in 40 countries. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Diemen, the Netherlands, Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam.

Learn more at http://www.randstad.com