20.07.09

Almost 50/50 Split over Employers' Responses to the Recession

A survey of over 2,900 people carried out for the Keep Britain Working campaign found just over half (52 per cent) felt positive about their employers’ responses, with nearly a quarter (23 per cent) believing their employer is doing absolutely everything they can do to support their staff through the recession. 

However, nearly half (48 per cent) believed that their employer is actively exploiting the situation – by imposing unnecessary pay cuts, reduced hours and redundancies.

James Reed, founder of the campaign which was set up to help preserve and create jobs, commented: “The unprecedented flexibility of the UK workforce, underpinned by positive relationships between staff and bosses, has saved jobs and prevented the unemployment figures from rising even faster.

“However, our finding that some UK workers feel exploited is a wake-up call to employers not to take flexibility for granted.

“With 95 per cent of workers willing to make sacrifices to help preserve jobs, the challenge for bosses is to explain the hard choices that their organisations face, and work together with staff to explore innovative solutions.

“As pessimism about job prospects begins to lift, it is these organisations that will retain productive staff, and attract skilled workers who feel exploited elsewhere.”

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