39% of men and 32% of women feel the economy is getting weaker.
Men and women professionals have different perspectives about the (hopefully) recovering economy, according to recent research from Randstad on employee confidence and engagement. Findings depict women workers as generally more upbeat, with a greater interest in maintaining employment stability. Men, however, are more likely to convey a half-empty vibe, with a surprisingly high number of them expecting to lose their jobs within the next 12 months. Given this, they're more inclined to spend time pursuing their next career opportunity. Overall, the report presents mixed news: Employee confidence is relatively positive, with a 53.2 rating, but that represents a continuing decline from a four-year-high rating of 55.5 reported in March. "Our index is still indicative of positive confidence levels," says Joanie Ruge, senior vice president and chief employment analyst for Randstad Holding. "But clearly, we're seeing caution being exercised from both an employee and employer perspective." More than 1,200 U.S. workers took part in the research.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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