Most Workers Say Their Companies Are Taking Right Steps to Weather Recession

MENLO PARK, CA — A recent survey suggests the majority of professionals believe their employers are rising to the occasion when it comes to responding to the downturn. Nearly seven in 10 (69 percent) workers interviewed said their companies are taking appropriate steps to weather current economic conditions. Additionally, more than half (55 percent) feel their employers will emerge from the recession stronger than before. Still, there is room for improvement: Three out of 10 respondents (30 percent) said their companies are doing only some things or nothing right.

The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world’s first and largest staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 457 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.

Workers were asked, “In your opinion, do you believe your company is taking the right steps to weather the recession? Would you say your company is …?” Their responses:

Doing everything right 21%
Doing most things right 48%
Doing some things right 26%
Not doing anything right 4%
Don’t know/no answer 1%

Workers also were asked, “Do you think your company will emerge from the recession stronger or weaker than it was going into the downturn?” Their responses:

Much stronger 18%
Somewhat stronger 37%
No change 29%
Somewhat weaker 11%
Much weaker 3%
Don’t know/no answer 2%

“Many employers have stepped up communication efforts to help employees understand the challenging circumstances the business faces and the basis for difficult decisions that are made,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies®, 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). “Sharing pertinent information can prevent rumors and speculation.”

Messmer added, “Letting employees know how the company plans to persevere and grow also builds confidence. Professionals who feel positive about their firm’s prospects are more apt to stay on board for the long term.”

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