Why Employee Confidence Is Soaring
Employees are feeling increasingly encouraged about the overall economy and their own professional prospects, according to recent research from CEB, now part of Gartner. The resulting "CEB Global Talent Monitor" reveals that perceptions are increasingly positive about the availability and quality of job opportunities. Subsequently, a significant segment of professionals are actively looking for a new employer, seeking more pay, better work-life balance and/or job stability. Don't mistake such sentiments for festering disengagement, however, as the majority of survey respondents said they're excited to go to work each day and are proud to be associated with their employer. To retain and engage these employees, organizations are offering enticing perks, such as "Summer Fridays," to give employees an early start to the weekend. "As the number of employees feeling more confident about their personal job prospects increases, companies must find creative ways to reward and retain their top talent," said Brian Kropp, HR practice leader at CEB, now part of Gartner. "Giving employees the gift of time via Summer Fridays is one low-cost way to improve employee engagement, which in turn can increase employee productivity and drive business results." More than 22,000 global employees took part in the research.