More than three quarters of employees content in the private sector…
A survey by the Hays Career Outlook has found that although levels of stress are increasing in the private sector, the majority are still content to work there.
The survey from late last year reports that more than half (57%) would choose to work in the private sector if they had to start their careers all over again while private sectors workers also rate career opportunities, support resources and the leadership skills of management higher than those who work in the public sector.
Although 70% of employers in the private sector claim that the sector is more stressful than it was just a year ago, more than 80% of them would still urge new graduates to start their careers with them. Employees are similarly enthused by working in the private sector with more than three-quarters of them (76%) saying they rated their happiness levels at six or above.
Charles Logan, a director at Hays, commented on the findings: “The survey shows that despite the tough times faced by the private sector, staff remain remarkably positive and proud to be working there. This is good news for employers because it means they have a better chance of keeping staff motivated and engaged during what is likely to be a difficult year.”
Other results from the survey include the 47% of employers who said managers were to blame for poor morale which led Logan to conclude that “Employers need to make sure that managers have the skills needed to steer workers through the uncertain year ahead, keep employees proud of their work and subsequently drive performance.”
Logan added however that employees shouldn’t rely excessively on their managers and need to take some responsibility for their work, he explained “If employers are not offering the training and development opportunities they want, they need to drive it themselves or consider other options. There are still vacancies out there for people with the right skills and experience, but it’s up to job-seekers to ensure they have what’s being looked for.”
There were some more negative findings from the survey too with private sector employees claiming that the current bleak economic outlook is restricting their ability to develop their career skills, with 75% of respondents calling on employers to allocate more resources to training and career development. While 37% of those questioned said that a lack of opportunities in their particular, industry, department or sector was holding them back. Despite these concerns more than two thirds of employers (67%) in the private sector felt that retaining skilled workers would not prove problematic during the current economic uncertainty.
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