Has Unemployment Changed Our Ideas About Work?
With unemployment running at all-time highs for a significant length of time, it should come as no surprise that many Americans are getting more open to employment options— according to a new survey, we’re changing the way we look at temp work, in particular.
The latest workplace survey found many people view temporary jobs more positively than we did last year. Instead of considering them “jobs without permanence,” more than half now believe they’re skill-building stints that “may lead to something permanent one day.”
What’s more, 68 percent of respondents said they’re more willing to look for a job outside their specialty or field of study these days, with that number going up among Americans currently out of work.
For those with jobs, the survey found that only 32 percent of Americans received a pay raise, bonus or promotion last year, but 41 percent expect to get one in 2012 — and, compared to 2011, almost twice as many will ask for such perks, which could show optimism about the state of the economy.
Speaking of such, about half of survey respondents said that job-creation will be the biggest factor when it comes to which candidate will get their vote in November. Currently, 36 percent of Americans believe President Obama has the most successful plan to create jobs in the US. Among GOP candidates, Mitt Romney fared best — 15 percent of respondents like his ideas for putting Americans back to work.