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US worker confidence is up

Posted on January 4th, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

Employees in the U.S. are starting off the new year on a positive note, according to two recent employee confidence indexes.

The Randstad Employee Confidence Index increased 3.7 points in December to 55.4 points, the highest level of optimism recorded over the last 12 months.

The index measures employee insights on jobs, the economy and personal employment situation. Findings suggest U.S. workers believe economic conditions and job opportunities will improve in 2013, explains staffing firm Randstad.

Seventy-two percent of the 1,762 workers surveyed reported feeling secure in their current job.

"As various economic events occurred around us, such as the presidential election, economic conditions abroad, and severe weather events, workers remained surprisingly confident throughout it all," said Jim Link, managing director for Randstad US "We anticipate workers' desire to 'work smarter' and carve out their own career paths to increase."

Meanwhile, a separate survey by job search platform Glassdoor revealed 40 percent of workers believe their company's outlook will improve in the next six months.

Both studies found an important number of workers expect to change jobs in 2013. It's therefore a good idea for companies to evaluate whether their HR administration effectively manages talent acquisition and retention.

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