Workers Are Optimistic About Career Prospects

Workers Are Optimistic About Career Prospects

Workers Are Optimistic About Career Prospects

Onward and Upward  30% of workers believe they will receive a promotion in the year ahead, up from 24% at this time last year.

More is more. As in, more promotions. More job opportunities. And more raises. Is all of this wishful thinking? Time will tell. But the prevailing sentiment among employees today remains increasingly optimistic about these matters, according to a recent survey from Randstad. The findings cover a vast range of topics, including anticipated compensation, job security, benefits, employer expansion plans and the overall economy. While no one can accuse today's professionals of being Pollyannas, their projections about the year ahead are certainly encouraging. And employers should note that many workers are ready to explore new options if the job market bounces back as they expect. "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 US. "Today, we see that employees are very positive about their future prospects. This is why it is so valuable for employers to analyze and understand what motivates their most important asset—talent." More than 3,400 adults took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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