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Randstad Workmonitor results wave 2, 2010

Randstad Workmonitor results wave 2, 2010Employees successfully balance work and private life
In most countries more than 50% of the employees indicate that their workload has increased in the first months of 2010, according to the findings covered in the latest Randstad Workmonitor. Despite the increased workload, employees feel they are able to successfully balance work and private life. People are satisfied with the number of days off and with their holiday allowance.
Striking a successful balance between work and private life does not
always mean that employees can separate the two. A third of the employees continue to think about work and/or receive calls and e-mails during their time off. Most employees worldwide say they perform noticeably better after a few days off.
Employee confidence remains stable
Employees estimate that the chance of job loss is equal to three months ago. In general, employees feel it will be easier to find a different job (72%), than to find a comparable job (64%) elsewhere. In Europe, the Norwegian and Czech employees are the most optimistic in finding a new job: 87% and 84% respectively. In Asia, Chinese employees are more positive about finding a different or comparable job (90% on average) than other Asian employees. Employee confidence is also high in Australia, Canada and Mexico (82%, 82% and 86%). In Norway, only a few employees think there is a big chance that they will lose their job in the next six months (3%). Norway shares this low estimate with neighbor Sweden and with Canada.  
Mobility: young people expect to change jobs more often
Only in Belgium, Italy, Canada and India more people expect to change jobs within the next 6 months compared to Q1. Especially young people for employees aged 18-24, the mobility index in Canada was 92 in the first quarter of 2010 and increased to 125 in Q2. In Italy too, the mobility index is much higher than three months ago for younger employees (from 83 to 108). In Belgium all employees younger than 44 have a higher expectation of their mobility. The exception is India, where the strongest increase in job change expectation is among employees between 55 and 65 years old.
Job satisfaction is high on average
Approximately 70% of all employees are (very) satisfied to work at their current employer. With Denmark (84%) and Norway (82%) at the top end, and China, Japan and Hungary below 50% satisfaction. In general, employees with a low income are less satisfied than people with higher incomes.
Personal motivation highest in Scandinavia
The most ambitious people can be found in Scandinavia on average 70% of all employees in these countries are focused on a promotion. High satisfaction probably plays a role in the level of ambition. The Japanese are also strongly focused on a promotion, although probably not always within their current organization, since they are the least satisfied with their employer compared to employees in other countries.

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