LOOMING UNEMPLOYMENT: Job security is Topic A among many American workers, with a quarter of workers in a survey saying they could lose their job this year. That was up from 20 percent in the same survey in December.
The March poll also found that 79 percent of employees expect unemployment to rise in the coming year, up from 77 percent who predicted the same in December. Eighty-three percent of workers said it would be difficult for a laid-off employee to find similar-paying work, unchanged from December.
The telephone survey involved 1,000 people. It was conducted by Philadelphia-based Right Management Consultants.
We are seeing a new level of pessimism among American workers,'' observed Richard J. Pinola, chairman and chief executive of Right, a career transition and consulting firm. The stalled economy, flat business prospects and months of uncertainty about the prospects of war are taking their toll.''
CORPORATE LEADERS: It's getting tougher to keep the faith in bosses, according to some workers.
A third of 1,003 randomly selected workers said they disagreed with the statement, senior management's actions are completely consistent with their words.'' That was up from 22 percent for the same query last year.
For the same statement, 55 percent agreed, down from 71 percent in 2002.
The survey was completed Feb. 3 by Maritz Inc., a Missouri-based market researcher that conducts bimonthly polls on several industries.
BLAMING FIDO: When it comes to excuses from late employees, the boss hears some real doozies.
Among the offerings in a telephone survey of 150 executives:
The dog was asleep behind the car and I couldn't back out of the driveway.''
My dog swallowed my car keys.''
My car keys fell into the toilet.''
I couldn't find a tie to match my shirt.''
I hit a mountain lion on the way to work.''
I forgot what day it was. I thought it was the weekend.''
I'm not late I decided to change my hours to make them more convenient.''
While these examples are humorous, they address a frequent challenge for managers,'' said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, a temporary staffing service based in Menlo Park, Calif., that conducted the survey.
An employee's habitual tardiness can affect the productivity of the entire team and overlooking it reinforces the behavior.''
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