Recession Has Different Impact on Job Security for Engaged Versus Disengaged Employees

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Many would assume that recently heightened fears of job loss have translated into employees exerting extra discretionary effort at work. However, as HR Solutions' research shows, this is not the case for Disengaged Employees.

Many would assume that recently heightened fears of job loss have translated directly into employees exerting extra discretionary effort at work, in the hopes of creating job security. However, as HR Solutions' research shows, just the opposite is occurring with Disengaged Employees, a group defined as showing little loyalty, lackluster commitment and the bare motivation to provide great customer service.

Four years ago, 41 percent of Disengaged Employees surveyed worried about job security. Despite the tough economic outlook experienced in 2008, however, the percentage of Disengaged Employees maintaining this concern for job security dropped by nearly half (to 21 percent).

Results for Engaged Employees, on the other hand, showed the effects of those worried about job loss; the number of Engaged Employees feeling most insecure about their jobs doubled from six percent to 14 percent during the timeframe. Engaged Employees demonstrate commitment to an organization, along with loyalty and a willingness to go above what is required, in order to ensure a better outcome for customers and the organization.

Kevin Sheridan, CEO of HR Solutions, explains, "The irony of this research cannot be overstated; the employees who should be most concerned about job security are the Disengaged Employees, who actually have less fear in that regard. On the other hand, the very people who should have the least concern for job loss are the Engaged Employees. This differentiation gets to the heart of the character of Engaged versus Disengaged Employees; the Engaged are more conscientious about, and connected to, their job."

About HR Solutions, Inc.: Noted for its comprehensive research and actionable data, HR Solutions, Inc. is an international Human Capital Management Consulting firm located in Chicago, IL, specializing in Employee Engagement and Exit Survey design, implementation and results. For more information, please visit, or call 312-863-6104.

HR Solutions' Normative Database is comprised of over 2.2 million respondents from 2,100 organizations across various industries, all surveyed by HR Solutions, Inc.


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