Although we continue to face a challenging economy, a Randstad U.S. Survey indicates that Americans have optimism about the 2013 job outlook. The surge in optimism may lie on the hopes of the economy gaining increased momentum compared to years past. Here’s the data!
- 57% of employees believe they are likely to receive a raise in 2013, (10% increase from 2011)
- 59% believe the job market will pick up in 2013
- 47% predicting their employers will expand their workforce in 2013
- 30% believing they will receive a promotion (up 7% and 6%, respectively, from October 2011).
- 47% of workers feel the economy has negatively impacted their careers
- 15% believe they might lose their jobs (down 5% from 2011).
- 78% believe their companies have a great future
- 16% of employees believe they will get a pay cut in 2013 (down 8% from last year)
- 41% of employees believe their company will cut back on benefits in 2013 (down 6% from 2011)
- 33% believe their company will lay people off in the new year.
- 47% of employees indicate they plan to explore their options when the job market picks up
- 68% indicate their company makes an effort to keep them engaged
- 62% of workers expect to grow their careers with their current employers
- 79% indicated they are inspired to do their best, and 77% are proud to work for their company or organization.
Atlanta Workplace News - February
- 1,000 jobs in Cherokee County
WellStar Health System Inc. has plans for their proposed Holly Springs hospital to create up to 1,000 jobs. This 150,000 sq. ft. medical facility will include a 100 bed hospice hospital and the overall investment alone could top the $100 Million mark.
- Like a good neighbor . . .
The Hammond Exchange Building in Dunwoody, GA may be the next workplace for 800 job seekers. State Farms quest to find 200,000 sq. ft. and interest in the Central Perimeter has been 6 months in the making. Their neighbors? CHEP, an Australian based company brought their new corporate headquarters to Hammond Exchange (2012) creating 170 jobs.
- New bill to improve local downtown areas
In recent years many downtown areas have flourished while others see much slower growth. The Georgia Downtown Renaissance Act has been proposed to state legislatures and if passed will provide $30 Million a year in tax incentives for property owners and developers to build and invest in downtown districts. (individual tax credits of up to 25%).
- The Cloud brings jobs
According to Gartner Research, businesses will spend over 600 Billion in public cloud services over the next 5 years. Cloud Sherpas, an Atlanta based software company plans to add 900 jobs to stake their claim in meeting these demands. They specialize in helping large companies switch to workforce applications (Google Apps, Salesforce.com) that allow for administration and management utilizing the internet.
(news courtesy AtlantaBusinessJournal)