Employee confidence rises 4.6% in second quarter, claims study

Employee confidence in the UK has risen 4.6 percent since March, according to a quarterly study by the Kenexa, a global provider of business solutions for human resources.

Kenexa’s quarterly study involves over 15,500 employees in 12 countries (Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, the UK and the United States).

The latest figures show that the average global employee confidence index score is 98.9. The highest levels of employee confidence were found in Brazil (107.2), China (102.3), France (101.4) and Russia (100.9), while Italy (97.8), Spain (96.0) and Japan (93.8) had the lowest levels. The UK’s employee confidence index score is 99.0. China improved the most since the first quarter of 2009 (up 12.5 percent).

“Employee confidence influences individual behaviour and has implications for organisational performance and economic conditions,” said Jeffrey Saltzman, principal at Kenexa. “In the second quarter of 2009, employees from all of the studied countries reported an increase in employee confidence scores, becoming more positive, with the exception of Japan. The UK showed a relatively modest gain. Many UK employees are still worried about their current financial situation but a growing number now believe that their economic well-being will improve over the next six months.”

A high level of employee confidence is achieved when employees perceive their organisation as being effectively managed and competitively positioned – and also that they have a promising future with their organisation as well as job security and skills that are attractive to other employers.

Kenexa has been monitoring employee confidence since June 2008. The resultant data is available by country, industry, gender, age and job type.


 

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